Ministers of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll1 and Agri-Guillaume Garot2 are expected to firm up this Friday in Britain, where the food industry is going through an unprecedented crisis, angering hundreds of workers affected by restructuring . Between social and destruction plans gantry écotaxe3, Stéphane Le Foll, a Sarthois still very attached to his Breton origins, the region is facing a volatile situation as it has rarely been known since joining the Department in May 2012.
The morning organized by the Public Investment Bank (BPI) is part of the development of the "Pact for the future of Britain" which should help the region recover. Ministers will then have lunch with representatives of the regional trade union organizations and meet the professional agricultural organizations.
Between volailler Doux4 (971 job losses) in late 2012, the poulterer Tilly-Sabco5 where 300 of 340 jobs are threatened in January 2014 the company slaughter / processing GAD6 SAS eliminated 889 jobs, food Breton is facing an economic and social crisis, compounded by that of its agriculture is struggling to find the right model to meet foreign competition. The two sectors account for about a third of jobs in the region.
The environmental levy heavy, the government temporarily suspended, was the straw that broke the camel's back, resulting in sometimes violent protests in the Finistère department most weakened by recent job losses as at the Marine Harvest Norway 7Who group will cut 300 jobs Poullaouen.
A department that ministers have chosen to avoid, all meetings are scheduled in the prefecture of Region in Rennes. "I wish he (Mr. Le Foll, Ed) Poullaouen to come to speak with him the real problem of Britain and concrete answers that must be made very quickly," told AFP Christian Troadec Mayor DVG Carhaix and spokesman of the group "Living, working and decide Britain" which struggle against environmental taxes with the "Red Caps". According to him, the minister "looks at the fire away."
Friday is in a somewhat calmer than the ministers go to the prefecture, where since Tuesday meetings are held on the future Covenant with economic, social actors, political and institutional climate.
Huge competitiveness problem
In the morning, besides the ministers will attend the meeting organized by the BPI8 representatives of the region, entrepreneurs have received assistance from the BPI but also the Breton Association agribusinesses (Abea). The association will make three requests, told AFP Jean-Luc Cade, CEO of Abea.
The first relates to the situation of the undertakings concerned by the large poultry exports (Soft, Tilly-Sabco), undermined by the decision of the European export subsidies. According to the French Poultry Collective (CAF), the judgment of the aid condemns "short term" the 4,000 direct jobs in the export sector French poultry.
"It does not happen for the two companies. Asked the government to accompany leaders in Brussels, "said Cade. The European Commission has this week camped on its decision to stop subsidizing exports of poultry, but has proposed to receive the November 22 poulterer of Britain.
It is also at the level of the European Union that the association will ask the government to fight, this time to stop the "huge problem of competitiveness" suffered by the French food companies producing poultry and pig face European countries that use a legally labor at low cost.
"We must review at least some European regulations that allow countries like Germany to hire labor at the cost of country of origin", which is banned in France, said Mr. Cade. "It takes a commitment of our government to bring the highest these problems there," he said.
In the longer term, the association will apply for grants for other food companies in the region "need to improve their competitiveness," aid that will improve their logistics or modernize.