Disgruntled workers at a bankrupt French car parts supplier will blow up their factory unless car makers Renault and Peugeot pay them compensation, a union official said on Sunday.
The 366 employees of New Fabris in central-eastern Chatellerault are occupying their plant to demand that the car makers – who accounted for 90 per cent of their business – pay 30,000 euros (£26,000) to each worker.
"The gas bottles are in the factory. Everything has been planned for it to blow up," said Guy Eyermann, CGT union official and secretary of the company works council. The workers have set a deadline of 31 July for the dispute to be settled.
The Chatellerault factory is thought to house car parts worth some two million euros (£1.7m), as well as a new Renault machine valued at an estimated two million euros, the union leader said.
"We are not going to let PSA and Renault wait until August or September to recover the spare parts and machines still in the factory," he warned. "If we get nothing, they get nothing at all."
New Fabris was declared bankrupt on 16 June. Its workers claim that Renault and PSA paid 30,000 euros to 200 workers laid off from another supplier, the aluminium specialist Rencast.