Paris (AFP)

The Galeries Lafayette group presented a departure plan to the Social and Economic Committee (CSE) that could lead to the loss of up to 189 jobs and result in the termination of the group's tour operator activities, AFP learned from union sources.

A method agreement paving the way for negotiations, which AFP was able to consult, was signed on January 4 by the first three unions of the group, CFE-CGC, CFDT and CGT (majority).

The management of Galeries Lafayette had warned the group's CSE, which met from December 8 to 10, of a "project for an associated employment safeguard plan (PSE) including a voluntary departure plan (PDV)", as well as a "project to end the activity of GL Voyages", according to the agenda of the CSE consulted by AFP.

These departures will be divided between the headquarters of Galeries Lafayette and the subsidiaries GL Voyages and GGL Services, the group's financial services company, David Pereira, elected SUD at the CSE, told AFP.

According to him, employees pay "strategic choices that we do not understand", including the opening, in March 2019, of "a store that has never made money".

"An unprecedented disaster on turnover", for the trade unionist.

For another elected union official, "we must not confuse what the Galleries have not won with losses".

"It is a company with strong backs," he added.

"We are not immune to a PSE-POS in the store on Boulevard Haussmann", the emblematic address of the sign, also alerted David Pereira.

For the time being, according to him, the employees of this store are on short-time working up to 25%, a device that is not used in the other stores of the group.

Joined by AFP, the management of Galeries Lafayette had not reacted mid-afternoon Monday.

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