VIDEO. Aveyron: Guard of honor and tears for the ex-employees who run the SAM foundry in Viviez. leave permanently

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A poignant moment, this April 25 at noon, when the former SAM employees left their factory in Viviez for the last time. They were warmly welcomed by nearly 500 people. Tears, hugs and the sense of accomplishment.

Like March 31, 1987, the date of the last casting of the steel industry in Decazeville, April 25, 2022, will go down in local industrial history as the last day of the occupation of the SAM foundry premises in Viviez by the former – employees to to keep the tool.

As the factory siren sounded, nearly 200 former employees crossed the gates for the last time and left the premises to a security company.

At 12:00 the factory siren went off for the last outing of the former employees.
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More than 500 people who came to cheer them on formed a guard of honour, which was interrupted by warm applause; but also “bravo! ” and thank you! » in tribute to the 154 days of struggle, to put the site under their protection, to create the best conditions in the perspective of the project of the Lot-based group MH Industries for an acquisition of the assets of the site and the relaunch of industrial activities.

For many it was impossible to hold back the tears.

For many it was impossible to hold back the tears.
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Intense emotion

The emotion was strong and intense. For many it was impossible to hold back the tears.

David Gistau, CGT representative of ex-employees, deeply moved but with raised fist.

David Gistau, CGT representative of ex-employees, deeply moved but with raised fist.
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David Gistau, ex-employee representative, was equally moved: “It’s complicated to find the right words these days. It’s a strong moment, another one that will remain etched in our memories forever.

It is the end of a beautiful story where in December, when we received the resignation letters, we made the choice not to stop but to fight.

We kept the working tool with the aim of creating an industrial project. Today, on the 154th day, we went to the end of what we could do and we got what we wanted.

With much sacrifice, self-denial, perseverance and courage. We did what needed to be done. We have thought about the collective interest. A wonderful human adventure.

It is hoped that the new Ministry of Economy will be of a different level from the previous one and will support the MH Industries project at the same level as the region; because we strongly believe in this project that will allow the basin, which has assets, to continue its reconstruction. We will never forget what this government did to us.”

At the end of the rally, the former employees and their supporters shared a glass of friendship.

Former employees and participants of the rally shared a glass of friendship.

Former employees and participants of the rally shared a glass of friendship.
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Feedback and testimonials

Jean-Paul Boyer (spokesperson Tous Ensemble)† “We honor the struggle of the SAM employees who made it possible with the popular mobilization to open a development perspective for the SAM. It is also a stage for the Tous Ensemble that exists since 1998; with this power it generates and collects on a large scale. The basin is undergoing an economic and social shock. We have to work to find a way to live and work in the country.”
Guillaume Raymond (Sub-Prefect) and Gilles Cantal (Honorary Prefect)

Guillaume Raymond, Deputy Prefect, and Gilles Cantal, Honorary Prefect.

Guillaume Raymond, Deputy Prefect, and Gilles Cantal, Honorary Prefect.
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“The support mission does not end yet. Topics that will concern us in the coming months: managing all individual situations; don’t leave a single employee on the sidelines; there is talk of relocation, the organization of a new employment forum. And encourage the arrival of someone who can use the site.” / DDM-BHSP.
François Marty (President of the Municipality of Decazeville and Mayor of Decazeville)† “I’m sorry, it’s a sad day. But we did what it took to move things forward positively.

The former employees passed the baton to the Decazeville community and to a security company.

The former employees passed the baton to the Decazeville community and to a security company.
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Stéphane Bérard (Municipal Councilor)† “A page turns, it’s the end of the chapter, but maybe not the end of the story. We know the commitments that have been made. The MH Industries project is progressing well with the region. We hope to acquire the buildings and land by June 30, and then the implementation of the industrial project.”
Jean-Louis Denoit (Mayor of Viviez)† “It was with great emotion that I saw the employees leave the site. I understand their pain and their difficulty in leaving him. I am proud of the action they have taken, an admirable action from every point of view. I hope that in the end the result matches what they have achieved.”
Pascal Mazet, (regional advisor)† “A very emotional moment. I had a knot in my stomach and tears in my eyes. I hope everyone finds work again.”
Alan (founder)† “I have been working here for 35 years. I have a big stab in my heart. I hope to be able to work here again; train young people. I am a professional smoker.

Sébastien Lallier and Alain Parra were in charge of the ovens.

Sébastien Lallier and Alain Parra were in charge of the ovens.
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I worked on oven maintenance with Sébastin Lallier”. / DDM-BHSP.
Sabrina (shopping)† “It’s a heartbreak, a big mess, it’s very hard to break up after so many days together.”

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