ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Carrefour sacrifie plus de 500 postes administratifs
Translated Saturday 13 October 2012, by Bill Scobleand reviewed by
On Oct. 12, retail corporation Carrefour, the biggest private-sector employer in France, spelled out to the trade unions its job-saving plan, which concerns 533 administrative jobs in France, a large majority of which are executive positions, according to trade union sources. The CGT trade union has condemned it as “a planned redundancy scheme on the cheap.”
In late August, Carrefour had indicated its intention to cut between 500 and 600 jobs from the 7,000 administrative positions at the corporation’s numerous seats by encouraging voluntary redundancy. “They announced a plan to cut 533 positions, a large majority of which, 450 to be precise, are executive positions,” Bruno Moutry of the CFDT trade union stated following a special works council meeting.
This piece of information was confirmed by Claudette Montoya, the CGT headquarters delegate, who indicated that, as concerns the seat of the Carrefour hypermarkets in Evry-Courcouronnes south of Paris, “287 jobs will be cut.” The other locations concerned are mainly those in Boulogne-Billancourt west of Paris and Massy-Palaiseau south of Paris.
The CFDT delegate condemned “a planned redundancy scheme” which “targets precise jobs, reducing the impact of voluntary redundancy and stigmatizing the workers who hold down those jobs.” The CFDT “already has information about designated volunteers for redundancy, for whom the only ‘alternative’ is to leave the company,” he said. In a press release, the CFDT opposed “this new planned redundancy scheme and is demanding the opening of serious negotiations on jobs.” For its part, the CGT has condemned “a planned redundancy scheme on the cheap.”
Corporate management, for its part, repeated that “it’s a question of a voluntary redundancy plan,” and that “the informational consultation procedure, which has just begun, is taking its course.” Carrefour is one of the biggest private employers in France, with 112,400 employees in France in late 2011, and 412,400 employees around the world.