Up to “1,800 redundancies and the sale of 100 stores” for Carrefour: Uiltucs affirms this, while negotiations are underway with the trade unions. “It is a bolt from the blue, we certainly did not expect the announcement of the fifth restructuring in 10 years and yet another staff reduction”, comments what Carrefour calls the Deputy Secretary General, Paolo Andreani, explaining that “the multinational is accelerating on franchising, revises the 2019 industrial plan and penalizes employment ».
170 redundancies in the Milan headquarters
Going into detail, the union continues, the plan envisaged by Carrefour provides for 1,800 redundancies on the entire network, of which 170 are in the Milan headquarters. A cut in direct staff of over 10% compared to the total workforce which at the end of 2020 amounted to over 16,000 units. After the crisis in hypermarkets, therefore, adds Andreani, the stability of the Express and Market formats comes into question: some of the best performing stores will be sold. Campania, Liguria, Lombardy and Lazio are the most penalized regions of the country. Not only. The sale to third parties of over 100 direct points of sale is expected by 2022, in fact 30% of the existing network of the related formats. This sale will involve over 1000 of the 1800 units involved. «Carrefour fires hundreds of male and female workers to reduce costs after making bad business choices. The multinational is no longer credible in trade union relations “, again accuses Uiltucs, which hints at the possibility that it is women, once again,” who pay the highest price: after family burdens and hardships in work in the pandemic, it is added today the mockery of the French multinational’s pursuit of profit at all costs. We will see what social responsibility Carrefour will put in place », he concludes.
The Italy relaunch plan
For its part, Carrefour Italia talks about an “Italy relaunch plan” aimed at transforming and strengthening its growth, consolidating the franchising model on the sales network, improving the competitiveness of hypermarkets and direct supermarkets and streamlining its internal organization, with aim to focus on activities at the service of the points of sale. As part of the plan, a note reads, the company expects an impact on employment calculated in about 600 collaborators in the direct sales points and about 170 employees of the head office. The company then says it wants to activate a social plan on a voluntary basis which may include training and retraining interventions for personnel to facilitate internal and external relocation, support programs for entrepreneurship and redundancy incentives.