Several dozen AccorInvest employees demonstrated this Thursday, January 14 in front of the Novotel Paris-Center Tour Eiffel hotel, located in the XVe district of the capital. A movement initiated by the elected Force Ouvrière (FO) of this company 30% owned by the Accor group, the European number one in the hotel industry. “This is for us to protest against the announcement by the management of AccorInvest to cut 70 jobs in France”, explains Gilles D’Arondel, secretary of FO at Accor and AccorInvest. AccorInvest, which owns nearly 900 hotels around the world, announced the day before that it was planning to cut 1,900 jobs in Europe, including around 770 in France, as a result of the health crisis which caused the group’s turnover to fall by 70%.
“In order to contain the effects of this crisis in the long term, AccorInvest is considering an employment safeguard plan (PSE) which would concern nearly 1,900 positions within the company, at European level”, wrote in a press release from the group, a former subsidiary of Accor which mainly operates brands from the French hotel giant (Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, etc.). This represents nearly 9% of the group’s jobs on the
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Floor and catering staff are targeted
In France, 767 positions are affected by this restructuring, including “709 in hotels and 58 in headquarters”, according to FO, which denounces “a social bleeding”. A spokesperson for AccorInvest confirms that “around 770 positions” will be affected in the country.
In detail, in France, floor staff (309 positions concerned) and catering (218 positions) are the most affected by this plan, according to Ange Romiti, head of hotels within the CGT Commerce federation and Services. “The short-term issue will put the company in difficulty tomorrow,” said the CGT representative, who fears that the employees who will remain find themselves understaffed when the tourists return. “It is an irrational and illegitimate choice in a sector which has a strong rebound capacity”, abounds Nabil Azzouz, Federal Secretary FGTA-FO.
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“Since the start of this crisis, AccorInvest has always had the main concern of ensuring the sustainability of the company and the maintenance of skills”, defends the group, which claims to have requested a loan guaranteed by the State (PGE) and is considering reinforcing its capital, two operations each amounting to 470 million euros. “Significant support measures will be put in place in order to promote the preservation of employment, in particular through reclassification and training”, specifies AccorInvest. “The company sets itself until the end of the year”, to define the terms of this departure plan, according to a spokesperson for the group, assuring that “the objective is to have a calm dialogue with a historic crisis. “
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