16 octobre 2020 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité, Autre défense

Ratier-Figeac résiste à la crise gr'ce à son activité militaire, explique son président Jean-François Chanut

Frappée par la crise aéronautique, Ratier-Figeac parvient à éviter un plan social et préserve l'emploi de ses CDI gr'ce à un accord sur l'activité partielle longue durée. Pour la Dépêche du Midi, le président Chanut fait le point sur l'état de l'entreprise. Entretien.


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