The department store was subjected yesterday to an operation by the CGT to demand a wage increase. The action continues. On the eve of Christmas, this temple of luxury will therefore remain closed until Saturday 10 am.
Dozens of people members of the CGT (General Confederation of Labor) have invested Thursday morning, December 22, the Samaritaine, owned by the group LVMH. The management of the department store explains to AFP that “This morning demonstrators of the CGT Commerce forced the entrance of the Samaritaine. Almost all of these demonstrators are not employees of the Samaritaine. For security reasons, customers and staff have been evacuated. The wage demands being made are not related to the Samaritaine.”
For his part, Amar Lagha, general secretary CGT services and trade spoke to AFP: “The Samaritaine is a symbolic place and wealth. Many employees who work here can not even afford to buy what they sell. We are organizing a strike because we have no one to talk to. The bosses refuse to talk to us.”
A strike had mobilized about fifty employees of the Samaritaine in mid-November concerning the subject of wages, according to Jean-Michel Remande, CGT union delegate, who explains that the management had replied by email that the traditional mandatory annual negotiations would take place in January. The department store is expected to remain closed all day on December 23, still occupied by protesters.
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