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The prospect of Casino being dismantled shakes employees

Wind of panic among Casino employees. While the distribution group, in great financial difficulty, is seeking behind the scenes to separate itself from its hypermarkets and supermarkets under the Casino brand, where nearly 18,000 employees work in France, all of the food chain’s unions (SNTAFO, CGT, CFDT, UNSA, CFE-CGC) called on employees to go on strike on Tuesday December 5 to denounce “lack of consideration” towards them and “the worrying situation regarding the future of the integrity of Casino”.

A rally is planned for the morning in front of the historic headquarters of the Casino group in Saint-Etienne, which employs 1,770 people according to the brand, but also in front of the Franprix head office in Vitry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne) , where a few hundred people work. Nearly 1,000 employees have already responded to the call.

Left without any information after the media revelations of the maneuvers of Jean-Charles Naouri, still at the helm of the group, aimed at reducing the number of nearly 400 stores, the employee representatives met in an inter-union meeting on Tuesday, November 28. They asked to meet the management of Casino as well as the consortium bringing together Mr. Kretinsky, Fimalac (the holding company of Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière) and the British fund Attestor, which must take control in 2024 after a capital increase of 1, 2 billion euros and the abandonment of 5 billion in debt through deficits, according to the agreements signed on July 27.

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The employees’ requests are currently unanswered. On the Casino side, exchanges are limited to “legal formalities to validate administrative processes”, reports Nathalie Devienne, SNTA-FO delegate. While on the side of the Kretinsky clan the » a few » discussions with one of its representatives “were of no use”. “We had the impression that he was trying to take the pulse of the atmosphere internally rather than giving us information”deplores MMe Become.

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Contacted, Bercy indicates that “the interministerial committee for industrial restructuring is obviously ready to receive (employee representatives) like he already did» in the past, but recalls that the proposals of the Minister of the Economy held in July “remains relevant”. Bruno Le Maire then declared that the State would have “two points of attention, the solidity of the industrial project”on the one hand, and employment, on the other hand, in particular “the future of the group’s 50,000 employees” in France as well as “the future of the 1,500 employees in Saint-Etienne”. “There is no question that the historic headquarters of the group will be threatened by the takeover, whoever the buyer is chosen”he said on July 11 during questions to the government in the National Assembly.

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