The Carrefour distribution group has presented to the unions a proposal that will be negotiated in the coming weeks to seek an agreement that allows the elimination, without layoffs, of at least 1,200 jobs in its hypermarkets in France. According to the trade unionists present at the presentation of the plan this Wednesday and this Thursday, the suppressions could reach 1,500. A spokeswoman for the company stated that the plan is limited to France and does not concern other countries where Carrefour also has hypermarkets, such as Spain.
The spokeswoman, who recalled that 60,000 people work in its hypermarkets in France, pointed out that in order to move forward with this project – which can be accompanied by training aids or for personal projects – it needs the agreement of a majority of the representative unions.
The plan, which will be negotiated until May with all the departures of personnel on a voluntary basis, without layoffs, is part of the strategy set out last February by the president, Alexandre Bompard, who spoke of “the obligation to transform the stores, “the spokeswoman said.
In hypermarkets, the objective will be to focus on food products and the positions affected by the reductions are in jewelry departments, household appliances, boxes that are going to be automated, administration or management.
This is the fifth Carrefour cash reduction plan in less than two years, after 2,400 voluntary departures in the structure of the Paris headquarters; 2,000 for the closing of about 300 stores that he had bought from Dia in France; 1,000 in the Belgian subsidiary; and 1,000 in the Argentine subsidiary.