For a few days now, a rumor has been circulating in the press about the termination of 1,000 jobs at Auchan. Since then, the CFDT union has confirmed the news by communicating on a few points, after a meeting between the delegates of the main unions (CFTC, CFE-CGC, CFDT, FO, CGT) and members of the management:
- the union claims that the plan for voluntary departures will affect less than 1,000 employees.
- the plan will be done on a voluntary basis. No PSE (Employment Safeguard Programme).
- the plan should not affect the stores or the logistics, but the “France and corporate support services”.
Gérald Villeroy, CGT delegate at Auchan Retail France declared that “the concern is legitimate when there is such uncertainty about the company and economic difficulties.” As for Arnaud Bachelart, CGT delegate for the central operating union, indicated that “meetings are planned with elected members of the various economic and social unions, and the people concerned will be convened very soon.”
The Auchan group has been experiencing difficulties for some time now. It launched a “recovery” plan in the spring of 2019, with the sale of 21 sites, potentially affecting between 700 and 800 employees. It also plans to save 1.1 billion euros [1.22 billion USD] in full-year costs as of 2022. Owned by the Mulliez Family Association (AFM), Auchan Holding recorded a net loss of 1.145 billion euros [1.27 billion USD] for 2018.