With the Covid-19 pandemic, in Paris, nearly 1000 redundancies have been announced in the luxury hotel industry. Parisian luxury hotels are increasing the number of redundancy plans despite the financial aid received, such as partial unemployment benefits or loans guaranteed by the State.
“We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis,” said one of the hotels, hit hard by the virtual disappearance of their tourist clientele.
Marriott Rive Gauche
In July 2019, the four-star Mariott Rive Gauche hotel had announced to its employees a gradual closure of the 14th arrondissement establishment due to works. A year later, the hotel closed entirely and implemented a job-saving plan for 260 employees, this is 95% of the workforce.
As a result, unions and employees gathered in front of the hotel to protest against the minimal conditions accompanying their dismissal, and to denounce the switch to subcontracting when the establishment reopens, scheduled for 2024.
Westin Paris Vendôme
The Vendôme redundancy plan concerns 168 of the 367 employees. The aim is to replace the janitorial, cleaning and switchboard staff with subcontractors.
It should be noted that the job protection plan was ratified by the union delegates against the opinion of the secretary of the CSE and that of the employees. According to an audit sent to the CSE, the plan is weak for the employees concerned since it will cost “less than 10%” of the savings it will allow.
In conflict with their representatives, employees gather every week during the “Jeudi en colère” in front of the Parisian establishments of the Marriott chain, fearing the complete dismissal of the staff.
Le Méridien – Étoile
Le Méridien Etoile, the largest hotel in Paris, is restructuring and closing one of its wings “which represents 50% of accommodation capacity”, according to management. This closure led to the announcement of a voluntary redundancy plan, followed by a job protection plan involving 245 of the 478 jobs, which was finalised in February.
Among the jobs lost are floor staff, housekeepers and customer and security agents, according to a union. “Some positions will be eliminated in order to recreate them with a notion of increased versatility,” Pascal Pedrak, a trade unionist, told AFP, a fear that the management was unable to confirm.
Melia Paris-La Défense
The Melia had announced in February 2021 a job-saving plan concerning 32 employees, as well as the conversion of 54 positions to subcontractors, mainly cleaning ladies.
The two trade unions represented (CGT and CFDT) have not validated the job protection plan and are calling for further rallies in front of the Spanish chain’s establishments in Paris.
Despite an upturn in activity in the summer of 2020 due to their reopening, the Intercontinental on rue Scribe has reorganised its staff and cut 88 positions.
The management is planning a “reduction in the number of staff, rather than a recourse to temporary staff”, assures Frédéric Hocquart, deputy for tourism at the Paris City Council, who has contacted the hotel’s management.
Featured Photo : © Marriott
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