Recent announcements surrounding the sale of all Casino supermarkets and hypermarkets are intensifying day by day. And with losses piling up, concern has never been greater, both at head office and in stores. Especially since the sale of the brand’s remaining assets could threaten 3,000 jobs within the Saint-Etienne group. What would then remain of the historic headquarters in Saint-Étienne and certain warehouses?
Parade to the town hall and the prefecture
D What worries employees to the greatest extent, but also elected officials who fear that history will repeat itself, after the painful episode of Manufrance.
The group’s five employee organizations therefore filed a strike notice from December 5 to 31. This Tuesday, a rally is organized in front of the group’s headquarters, from 9 a.m., near Châteaucreux station, in Saint-Étienne. A procession will start at 10:30 a.m. and then go to the prefecture then in front of Saint-Étienne Town Hall.
If the unions call on all employees to “come together massively to defend their jobs”, the Communist Party expresses “its solidarity and support for the group’s employees and their union organizations”. For the PCF, “the fate of Casino cannot be left in the hands of a few billionaire capitalists, like the Czech Kretinsky or the Mulliez family of the Auchan group, in search of their personal interests and obsessed with increasing their power and personal wealth.
For its part, the Saint-Étienne Demain group (opposition group at the town hall) calls on all local executives “to take stock of the seriousness of the situation and to resolutely commit to this major issue for the local economy.
A call to elected officials to demonstrate
For his part, the deputy for Loire Quentin Bataillon (Renaissance), confirms that the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, Bruno Le Maire, “has renewed, with the current management and the buyers , its demands regarding jobs and the Saint-Etienne headquarters.” He adds: “I will be present with the employees this Tuesday in Saint-Étienne, and I call on all elected officials and parliamentarians from Loire to join us to support the employees and demonstrate our visceral attachment to the Casino group.”