Social plan at “L’Equipe”: employees called to strike, no newspaper on Saturday

The newspaper and the magazine The team will not be broadcast on Saturday, their employees being called to strike on Friday against a social plan which provides for the elimination of forty jobs, AFP reported on Friday January 8. The call to strike, from midnight from Friday 4 p.m., was launched by the unions SNJ – SNJ-CGT – UFICT-CGT – SGLCE-CGT, which represent “journalists, executives and employees” daily and magazine The team, but also of France Football, Bike Mag and Sport & Style, also edited by the group.

This strike “is likely to be returned every day at 4 p.m.” if the direction “does not agree to enter into real negotiations”, specifies the intersyndicale in its appeal sent to AFP. “We want the withdrawal of the social plan or a completely different project, which eliminates much fewer jobs, and much more important starting conditions”, explained to AFP Stéphane Antoine, elected SNJ-CGT at the CSE, who predicted “a very big mobilization”. Contacted by AFP, the management did not wish to react, but specified that the daily and the magazine would not be broadcast on Saturday.

Faced with financial difficulties due to the cessation of sports competitions in the spring of 2020 with the coronavirus crisis, the group has been crossed by strong tensions since June. It has around 700 employees. The employees were then opposed to the draft collective performance agreement presented by management. This project provides for a reduction in wages (-10%) and in the number of days of RTT, in exchange for the preservation of jobs over the period 2020/2024.

The management responded at the end of October by announcing a reorganization and a job protection plan (PSE) in the publications. These are weakened by an uncertain advertising market and the decline in number sales. But the intersyndicale deplores “(starting) conditions much lower than those which prevailed during the PES” previous ones, while “the group’s financial situation has not deteriorated, however”.

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