They demand more effort from their group, which has to deal with many debts. Employees of the express delivery platform for groceries at home Gorillas began a strike movement on Monday, unhappy with the proposals of the management as part of the plan to safeguard employment, according to the CGT.
About thirty employees gathered Monday in front of the Paris headquarters of Gorillas. The brand - like Frichti - belongs to the Turkish giant Getir, whose French subsidiary has been in receivership since March. The group has "engaged a PES", a plan to safeguard employment, for Gorillas but "with a purpose that it refuses to communicate" and without "anything" proposing concrete, criticized Rémy Frey, of the CGT.
"After two years of existence in France and incredible injections of cash to hold, [the Getir group] can not turn off the tap and put the responsibility for the payment of social charges to the AGS (wage guarantee scheme, editor's note)," says Rémy Frey.
Hundreds of employees threatened
Getir France, a subsidiary of the Turkish group Getir, announced in May that it was considering shedding 900 employees on the three entities, Getir, but also Gorillas and Frichti, which it has acquired.
In Gorillas, 264 permanent jobs out of about 500 in total are threatened, says CGT Gorillas union delegate Arnaud Coulibaly. "I'm getting sick, psychologically. I'm not a person who can find work easily," said Souleymane Bamba, 37, who is in charge of equipment in Gorillas, who knows he will "leave".
The strikers demand in particular "the establishment of a serious voluntary redundancy plan" as well as "the allocation of additional funds to finance severance payments beyond legal requirements," reads a press release. Contacted by AFP, the Getir group did not react immediately.
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On Monday, an inter-union (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CGT) from Getir France also denounced the "weak financial proposal" made by the company, as part of its own PES, each of the three entities having its own job protection plan.
Despite a cumulative turnover of the three brands of around 120 million euros in 2022, and in clear growth in recent years, the group totaled 200 million euros of debt at the end of March 2023, according to an internal note to the company that AFP has consulted.
The group accuses "an unfavorable contextual environment", with inflation and regulatory tightening, a reason also cited by the French subsidiary of the German group Flink placed in receivership in June.