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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #233 - Alienation Sunday: Our Sundays are not for sale (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:14:06 +0200

Since September, the mainstream media put under the spotlight a volunteer army employee-es to work at night as Sunday. This "mobilization", widely promoted by companies, however should be reduced to its fair proportion. ---- Sephora was sentenced Sept. 23 by the Court of Appeal of Paris close to 21h in the evening his store on the Champs-Élysées. The perfumer flouted the law prohibiting night work for this type of activity since 1996. One hundred employee es 300 (4000 throughout the sign) have sued the unions behind the judicial decision. At Castorama and Leroy Merlin, sentenced to close a dozen stores under a financial penalty on the complaint of one of their competitors, only 15% of staff who are involved in work on Sundays. A Monoprix finally, is the CGT, the majority, who exercised his right of objection pursuant to an agreement that pushed closing a hundred stores to 22h.

Forced volunteerism

If the employee who work on Sundays are often voluntary, it can be explained by the low wages in the sector: one third of staff Sephora is part time (though the brand has doubled its turnover five years) and the majority of employee-es of these DIY stores earn less than 1,300 euros net per month. Another reason for many students, it is necessary to work on weekends, usually to the detriment of their studies. However, it is not to oppose the other volunteers but it is clear that the bulk of trade employees is determined to not to sell his Sundays and nights in the name of freedom of labor.


These employees must understand that they do not live on a deserted island tomorrow trivializing the Sunday and night work, it will be a working day like any other ... and no markup. This is the case, for example, hotels and restaurants where Sunday is considered a regular schedule. Willingness to work on Sunday also risks becoming a hiring criterion: it was the Virgin and the Champs-Élysées, open seven days a week until midnight, to finally close [ 1 ] ...

The response is running

The Inter-Click-P, the iconic high success closing Sephora, began a campaign of visibility (press conference and display) to respond to this brainwashing, preparing new assignments offending companies and events. The departure of FO committee should change nothing as membership of the Union of Employees in Commerce and Industry (SECI), excluded from the CFTC as too combative to Unsa. CFDT favors contractual means, yet disavowed Monoprix. The CGT trade, which has the largest number of unionized workers in the sector, and Solidarity are determined to put the package.


[ 1 ] AL see No. 225 January 2013 AL # 229 June 2013
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