The mobilization is part of a general assembly of the national branch of the CGT Auchan, started yesterday in Toulouse. Union activists notably denounced the multiple social plans put in place by Auchan for several months.
Red wave in the Auchan supermarket in Toulouse. CGT elected officials came to denounce the working conditions they consider degraded in all of the group’s stores, and even one “discrimination“management against certain employees because of their union membership.
“We wanna show management that they can’t do what they want“, explained Nicolas, CGT Auchan union delegate, who came especially from Clermont-Ferrand to provide support.”We can no longer accept this pressure on elected union officials.“
Minority in Auchan, the CGT obtained 13% of the vote in the last elections. And the management marks certain preferences, denounces Nicolas: “when you are a CGT union member and the boss knows it, you don’t have the same professional development as an average employee. We must not sacrifice our career because we are elected!“
“In recent years, we have been subjected to repeated social plans“, he adds.”With the key to job cuts. 1,400 were deleted last year, 21 Auchan sites were closed two years ago.“To the detriment of the employees, who are suffering this sharp increase in productivity.”We may be a private box, but we are of public utility!“
We no longer have an after-sales service integrated into the store, we exteriorize everything.
CGT union delegate and employee in Béziers, Hervé, he notes paradoxes in the reforms of the Auchan group. “On closes certain services to our customers. We no longer have an after-sales service integrated into the store, we externalize everything… Today, we go to automatic checkouts, the customer is supposed to fend for himself. We end up with customers waiting in line … However, the bottom line of the company is precisely zero waiting times at the checkout.“
Union officials occupied the supermarket for part of the morning. They are now calling for the best working conditions for cashiers and cashiers, the end of social plans and an immediate increase in wages.