Signing of a majority agreement covering a maximum of 3,000 departures

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Illustration of carts in front of a Carrefour Market supermarket. Here near Rennes. – C. Allain / 20 minutes

A conventional collective resolution contract involving up to 3,000 departures in hypermarkets
Carrefour will be able to enter into force thanks to the signing of two organizations that weigh more than 50% of the workforce, Force Ouvrière (46%) and GSC (7%), according to these unions.

The supermarket giant intends to focus on food products, with a restructuring that involves six sectors (gas station cash registers, appliances and jewelery, revenue processing services in the store, management services and payroll). Up to 3,000 departures (including 1,230 job cuts) are planned as part of a conventional collective interruption project (CCR) which includes an early retirement component.

The CGT and the CFDT opposed the plan

Carrefour's first trade union organization, Force Ouvrière, signed the agreement Tuesday morning, and the CFE-CGC, through the voice of its representative Thierry Faraut, declared at AFP that it would also sign on Tuesday. For its part, the CGT "will not sign an agreement that destroys employment", according to Philippe Allard, delegate of the group. The CFDT reports "80% negative feedback" from its base in the company and will not sign, says Sylvain Macé, representative of the central union.

The agreement provides for an appointment clause by the end of the year, opening the possibility of an amendment that allows "to increase the maximum number of departures", reports Sylvain Macé. "You can't give the company a blank check."

Entry into force scheduled for June

"This is a legal formula," says Carrefour's director of human resources Jérôme Nanty. "I can assure you that we do not want to exceed the starting limit stipulated in the agreement". For the CFDT, the opening of voluntary departures while transactions are removed, in jewels and appliances, "puts these employees in unsustainable situations" and the time limit (until 31 December) is not enough to build a project professional or get a reclassification.

"We will define the pace of job reductions on voluntary departures, it is not a question of removing a post until a solution is found for the employee," says Jérôme Nanty. Once formally signed by the two unions, the agreement will be submitted to the Regional Directorate of Labor (Direccte) for an estimated entry into force in June. It will end December 31, 2019.

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