On Thursday, from 7 am, the 120 employees of the Carrefour brand located on the Avenue de Paris were on strike. They blocked the store and its gas station all morning. The action was put in place at the initiative of the FO union, majority in the Carrefour group.
On February 19, the Carrefour group announced the transition to lease management of five of its stores, including one located on Avenue de Paris in Chalon. The store is therefore rented to a buyer other than the Carrefour group, as part of a franchise agreement.
At the announcement of the news, the 120 employees of the store Chalonnais decided to be heard by blocking, Thursday, the building and its gas station. They were joined by solidarity workers from the same group from all over France (Grenoble, Écully, Nimes, Toulon, Chalon Sud, Creches-sur-Saone etc.). At 9:45, there were 130 and the organizers of the action hoped to climb up to 200 people in the day.
“We are afraid that this change will result in the disappearance of our social gains that are included in the collective agreement signed with Carrefour,” said François Bucaille delegate of the Departmental Union Force Ouvrière (FO), the majority union of the Carrefour group. Similar actions occurred in four of the five stores affected by lease management.
The brand sees in this change implemented as part of the transformation plan “Carrefour 2022” a solution to instill an “entrepreneurial spirit” in stores.
“The employees will keep their social benefits (restaurant tickets, mutual, voluntary work for Sunday) for 15months,” says the management.