C&A: closure of two Parisian stores, 145 employees threatened

C&A: closure of two Parisian stores, 145 employees threatened

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The Dutch company is gradually disappearing from the French capital due to its financial difficulties.

The management of the clothing brand C&A announced to employees on May 31 the planned closure of two Parisian stores in which 145 jobs are at risk, we learned on Thursday from the management and from a union source. “The management of C&A France has informed its social partners of the plan to close the stores on boulevard Haussmann and rue de Rivoli“, indicates in a press release the Dutch fashion brand, which however refuses to “share more information“.

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The 145 people who work in these two stores will be potentially affected“, added Gilles Gondouin (FO). “The company has positioned itself in reclassification options, training support, mobility in provinces“. The next meeting of the CSE on June 7 should allow fine-tuning the social plan and the future of the employees. “Currently there are about forty vacancies in the group but it is mainly about logistics and it is throughout the territory.“, assured Maria Rodrigues (FO).

According to FO, the 2nd union behind the CGT, the closure of stores is scheduled for December 31, 2022.In mid-May, the management indicated that there were three options on the table, such as changes in location or reduction of surfaceMr. Gondouin said. “On May 31, management finally explained to us that these options were not viable. There were tears, it’s a big hit“.

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The management has been hiding behind financial difficulties that have been known for almost a decade, but that they thought could be overcome with a lease negotiation technique.“, denounces FO in a press release. “Even if the management of C&A France feigns ignorance, the group’s management has widely communicated in other European countries its desire to develop online sales, so there are reasons to fear that other projects are in the pipeline.“Alerts to the union again.

After these closures, C&A could only have two Parisian sites (Montparnasse and La Défense). C&A is one of Europe’s leading fashion and ready-to-wear companies, with around 1,400 stores in 18 European countries and around 23,000 employees. In France, the brand has 20 stores and a few dozen corners, according to the specialized site FashionNetwork, which recalls that 336 jobs have been cut there in the last two years.

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