Saturday, March 19, 2016

The strike threat at Lagardère leaving the JDD Sunday –

The strike of employees of the press division of the Lagardère Group (JDD, Télé 7 Jours, Paris Match, Elle …) extended Friday, “very likely” to prevent exit JDD Sunday, do we learned from the group’s employees.

the 500 employees of the press industry, in general meeting, voted almost unanimously the continue the strike for an indefinite period started Thursday night against the plan of 220 voluntary redundancies announced by management, according to several participants. He called for the freezing of the plan which aims to reduce by 20% to 30% of the editorial group titles.

“This movement has 98% chance to prevent the release of the JDD (190,000 copies on average), except in case of reversal of Saturday direction,” are we commented the same source. JDD Sunday’s fate should be known Saturday afternoon.

A new AG employees is scheduled for Monday morning at 10 o’clock.

“The proposals are far from sufficient, the plan is not frozen,” said a union source after meeting with management on Friday.

The management of Lagardère proposed creating working groups to review the positions targeted by the plan, involving representatives of employees, unions, management essays, HRD and the HSC, which is “advanced”, some trade unionists.

But employees have called for the General assembly that the direction inscribed in black and white that there would be no forced departure and the suspension of the plan during the negotiations.

They also denied that the employees themselves choose, within these working groups, the deleted posts. “Arnaud Lagardère We did not want to help blow the group,” said one of the participants at the GA.

The JDD website is updated since Thursday night. The title is particularly affected by the redundancy plan, since nearly a third of writing (16 positions) is concerned. The newspaper could end up eventually with a drafting least 40 people.

In addition, the next it, which appears on 25 March, could also be affected by the strike and weekly might not appear next week, warned a union source. However, writing She has until Tuesday to permanently fasten the weekly.

In contrast Version Femina, the women’s supplement of the weekend provincial newspapers and the JDD, well out Sunday because it was completed Thursday night and went to the printers according to a union source.

Lagardère Active, long a leading french magazines, a sector in crisis, pursuing a cost reduction strategy and staffing, which among end 2012 and end 2015, increased from 4300 to 3500 people.

The new voluntary redundancy plan, scheduled for 2016, is accompanied by a program of savings of € 50 million on all types of expenditure.


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