Negotiations on wages in the hotel and catering industry were due to end Monday midnight. For several weeks, the unions and employers’ organizations have been fighting for these increases. The CFDT has already approved an average increase of 16.33% for several weeks. The catering sector hopes to be more attractive to recruiters. Since the start of the crisis, it has lost more than 230,000 employees..
A raise in the kitchen so as not to change jobs
In Avignon, Méline is second in the kitchen in a restaurant. At 23, the young woman hopes that her salary increase will allow her not to give up a very restrictive job. Méline confides that she “sometimes think about changing jobs because I’m tired of working like hell and being paid at the bottom of the ladder. There are very few bosses who pay us the true value.”
“Our salaries are at the bottom of the scale to get the most out of it, she continues. A kitchen second normally earns around 2,000 euros for 39 hours, but you never do 39 hours. We often work more. I already don’t have two consecutive days off. We do nothing with our lives. These salary increases could bring people back because there, we’re understaffed and it’s hard to keep up on the long term”.
An effort by employers to erase abuse
The restaurateurs of Avignon are rather favorable to this increase in the salaries of their employees. In his restaurant in Avignon, Fabio Zamora employs six people. This young boss is ready to raise wages, “especially since the crisis has revealed abuses in wages and hours. An effort from employers is necessary to pull up”. The increase should average 16%. In her restaurant in Avignon, Valérie Duc is already thinking about the pay of her future employees Valérie Duc: “Perhaps we will have motivated, qualified staff who will want to work!”
Increase wages and pay-per-view prices
On the terrace of his restaurant in Avignon, Eric Foriel Destezet wants to involve his customers in the efforts he makes for waiters and cooks: “The staff is one of the few who works weekends, evenings and holidays. Wage compensation seems logical to me if we can pass it on to our prices. We will have to increase the prices on our cards but it is not easy in the current context: if we increase the prices, it will not help the current business.