After the head office that has lost 2,400 jobs and the closure of 273 hard discount stores Dia, the group has just signed with two unions, FO and the CFE-CGC a conventional collective termination agreement (RCC). This voluntary plan will allow management to cut up to 3,000 jobs. 1,230 positions will disappear as part of the reorganization of 46 Carrefour hypermarkets in France. This branch currently employs 60,000 people. The CGT refused to sign the agreement, just like the CFDT, which considers through the voice of his group representative, Sylvain Macé, “that the concept of volunteering is limited.”
It is especially the non-food shelves (appliances, jewellery …) that will be affected by job cuts. “These profiles who have a particular training will not be reclassified in the butcher’s or fish market,” worries Sylvain Macé. On the management side, it is nevertheless ensured that this is not to question the very concept of hypermarkets but to transform it, in particular by reducing sales areas. In the 46 stores concerned, 100,000 square meters of rays will disappear.
The reductions scheduled by Carrefour come less than a month after the sale of 21 stores announced by its competitor Auchan, which should affect between 700 and 800 employees. These reductions in perimeters illustrate the rather shaky health of French retailers. It faces a price war that many attributes to competitor Leclerc, but also the rise of online commerce. An area in which the major French brands have fallen behind, as in the opening of “drives”, these warehouses that allow customers to recover their orders placed online. An area in which Leclerc seems the only one to pull out of the game.