The French multinational explained to workers’ representatives that the move was due to the “serious economic managerial situation”.
As announced by the trade unions, Carrefour has launched a voluntary redundancy plan as part of the discussion initiated between the parties on the 2022 Business Plan. The decision also provides for the closure of several stores of the French multinational.
The procedure involves 769 workers in nine Regions: Valle D’Aosta, Lombardy, Piedmont, Liguria, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Sardinia. There are 261 redundancies in 27 hypermarkets, 313 in 67 markets, 168 in 10 cash & carry and 168 jobs at the administrative offices of Milan, Nichelino, Rome, Airola, Gruliasco, Naples, Rivalta and Moncalieri. The company management also envisaged the disposal of 106 stores from the direct sales network, of which 82 Express and 24 Market, with the transfer to third-party entrepreneurs of the franchising network.
“The reasons behind the surplus situation are to be identified in the serious economic management situation. The overall decline in turnover and customers on the one hand, and the incidence of labor costs on the other, have led to a situation of serious imbalance that it is no longer sustainable and forces the company to make a structural intervention aimed at rebalancing the relationship between personnel and turnover “, the unions report in the company note.
The Carrefour press release
“With reference to the transformation and relaunch plan for 2022 announced by Carrefour Italy last October 1st and discussed again during a meeting with the trade unions last November 11th, Carrefour confirmed that the incentive redundancy plan presented to the unions it will be managed on an exclusively voluntary basis through the activation of a formal procedure as required by law, and will involve about 600 collaborators of the direct sales points throughout the national territory and 170 collaborators of the headquarters. The company confirms its commitment, in in the context of discussions with the trade unions and with the institutions in charge, to ensure the best possible solution for each employee involved, favoring internal relocation and paths for entrepreneurship.
With the relaunch plan, Carrefour confirms the company’s willingness to stay and continue to invest in Italy, with the aim of returning to profitability and lasting and sustainable growth “.