Stellantis could ax 1,400 jobs in France, union sources say

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PARIS — Stellantis could cut up to 1,400 jobs in France this year as it continues to adapt to a changing industry, three union sources said.

The automaker, which was created a year ago by the the merger of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler, cut 1,380 jobs in France last year through voluntary buyouts, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The three sources said the company was looking at a similar number for 2022.

“We are looking at the continuation of the same measures this year,” one of the sources said. “It should be, again, on average 1,300 to 1,400 redundancies this year.”

The numbers are broadly in line with previous rounds of job cuts at PSA.

Established automakers face pressure from new competitors such as Tesla and from an expected shift in demand towards electric vehicles.

Any discussion of job cuts in France is likely to be closely examined in other countries where Stellantis operates such as Italy for signs of what may come there, too.

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