You didn’t have to be a great clerk to guess that at the end of July, The team would find itself in a dead end. When, Monday June 8, the group’s management (The team, The Magazine Team, the channel L’Equipe, L’Equipe.fr, Bicycle Magazine, France Football, Sport & Style, properties of the Amaury Group) presented its draft collective performance agreement (APC) to the staff representatives of SAS (simplified joint stock company, from which the television channel is excluded), the employees had already started to see red.
From May 31, their elected officials had put them in the scent: if they wanted to avoid a hundred layoffs, they were going to have to make sixteen days of RTT (out of twenty-two) and accept a drop of about 10% of their salary. And if, if the trade unions accepted the agreement, they refused it for themselves, they could be forced to leave. A “Job blackmail” unacceptable for the majority of them, quickly gathered in a WhatsApp group where we sometimes rubbed our ears, but above all kept warm.
” A butcher shop “
“I don’t know if an old-fashioned general assembly, with 200 people in the same room and two three pasionarias going up in flames, would have been more effective,” entrusts an employee. The management explained in vain that its proposals, subsequently amended, aimed on the contrary to safeguard jobs in order to maintain editorial strength, the rejection of the APC, recorded on Thursday, July 30, was inevitable. People had counted, to be sure: of the 251 voters in the WhatsApp group, 245 voted against, only 6 voted in favor.
“I regret that the quality of the dialogue was not up to the challenges”, immediately declared Jean-Louis Pelé, the managing director, former director of human resources of the Amaury Group. To convince of the necessity of his plan, he had established two scenarios for the future. The first, “soft”, expects SAS operating income to fall by 3.3 million euros in 2021 and 8.2 million in 2022; the second, more pessimistic, forecasts losses of 7.9 million in 2021, and 13.1 million the following year. “There is a gap between the perceived economic reality [par les collaborateurs] and the actual economic reality, he blames. But it is an optical illusion to believe that the shareholder will always finance the losses: our decline, which the Covid has accelerated, is constant, regular. “
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