On Thursday, employees of the Vuitton group, the luxury giant, went on strike to demand wage increases. Hundreds of workers in the workshops went on strike at the call of the unions.
The management of the group defends itself: the movement was not very followed, with barely 5% of strikers, and Vuitton offers 150 euros in salary more per month, while lowering working time to 33 hours per week. And then, the group of Bernard Arnault pays better than the average of the sector: 13 months of salary, with profit-sharing and participation, that is to say on average between 5 and 6 months of salary in addition.
Nevertheless, for the employees, this change of organization will deteriorate their working conditions… and above all, LVMH can do better, especially with the record profits made this year: 12 billion euros. And a few weeks ago, it was the employees of Sephora, another brand of the group who mobilized.
It is not only in luxury that conflicts are multiplying: in recent days, there have been strikes at CNP Assurances, Crédit Mutuel Areka, tensions in MMA insurance, at Macif, at Matmut. We can add Dassault Aviation, Safran, in companies where the social climate is usually calm. Admittedly, we are in the middle of the salary negotiation season, but sometimes the agreements have just been signed and the unions ask for additional help.
It must be said that the exceptional profits of the large groups this year encourage them This week, several of them published their results And this is unheard of: five billion euros in profits for Crédit Agricole, 9 and a half billion for BNP, 14 for Total, while in addition, the prices of fuels, food increase, feeding the concern of the employees. According to INSEE, inflation should reach between 3 and 3.5% in the first half of this year. A few months ago, forecasts were around 2.6% for the start of 2022.
The government encourages companies to increase wages, share profits, distribute tax-free bonuses, develop profit-sharing and participation. But his fear is that these movements will spread as the presidential election approaches, especially as other public strikes are being prepared, still on this issue of wages. Several unions are thus calling for a day of mobilization on February 17 at the RATP.