unions and employees seek support through a petition

Dozens of employees and union representatives FO, CGT and CFDT Pimkie have signed a petition of support Saturday morning, in the city shopping center of Lille, to contest the plan of voluntary departures, found a journalist of the AFP. "We need the help of everyone, and those who support the world of work," explained Valérie Pringuez, secretary CGT works council, alongside other employees wearing white T-shirts where the "Pimkie, salaried employee".

The management and two unions of the ready-to-wear brand, FO and the CFE-CGC, signed Wednesday a method agreement to negotiate a plan for departures in the aftermath of the failure of the talks on a project of conventional collective breaks. "We want decent proposals so that the employees can live after having lost their job, namely an outplacement firm, the maintenance of the mutual, training and correct compensation," said Valerie Abraham, CFDT union delegate International headquarters of Villeneuve d'Ascq (North).

"I am angry, the 208 suppressions are there, we want to show the management that the population is behind us and that we are closely watched", said Séverine Salperwyck, union representative FO, while questioning passersby at the crossroads of two busy streets, to collect their signature. Management wants to close 37 stores in three years, 321 in France, and the short-term removal of 83 jobs in stores, 41 in logistics, 53 at the international headquarters and 31 at headquarters for France, Neuville-en-Ferrain ( North). It highlights "loss-making results since 2015 and a 2017 turnover down 10%" compared to the previous year. Several unions dispute this analysis.

"It is argued that there is no economic reason for the suppression of jobs in France," insisted Ms. Pringuez. "The negative results are mainly in Germany, Spain and Italy, Pimkie France is doing well". Martine Aubry, socialist mayor of Lille, and deputies France rebellious North Ugo Bernalicis and Adrien Quatennens were present.

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