France: Striking Disneyland Paris workers demand raises

Mickey does not escape the strike: the employees of the Disneyland Paris amusement park began a fourth day of mobilization Saturday, June 3, with a movement that seems to be gaining momentum. Several hundred of them demonstrated in the alleys of Europe's largest park to demand wage increases to cope with inflation.

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Disneyland Paris employees march among visitors to Europe's largest amusement park on June 3, 2023. © Alexis Bedu / RFI

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A very special parade for the largest amusement park in Europe. In front of the amused and stunned looks of the visitors, the employees parade, flags and caps in the colors of the unions, replacing the usual fairy costumes.


Disney is like the others, says a protester. They have increased their margins, they have increased ticket prices and the price of catering, and we, behind it, are the turkey of the stuffing.


Hortense is a security guard she is 23 years old. "With my last pay slip, I received between 1,450 and 1,500 euros. It is not livable. But apparently, we touch too much, but it is not possible to believe in the future, we do not have a long-term vision. Our only way to be heard is to protest, but apparently the management doesn't want to hear us.


Management believes it has stepped up efforts and cites in particular general wage increases of 5.5% at the beginning of the year, highlighting the eight agreements signed with the unions since last November. Not enough for Fabien Beiersdorff, general secretary of the CGT Disneyland:


We are not going to get into the battle of numbers, but our salary point is up to 5.5% for the category "employee" up to "mastery". And if we accumulate with small premiums and the 13th month, we go up to 9% per year, but we do not feel on the pay slip. Therefore, management must assume its responsibilities on this.


Sylvain Caillard, maintenance technician on the park's attractions, explains that "we had a 5.5% increase, but we have been suffering from inflation for two years and [the increase] absolutely does not follow inflation, so management feels obliged to lie to discredit us".

Sylvain Caillard, a maintenance technician at Disneyland Paris, explains that the strike "started at maintenance and shows, but now there are all sectors represented. We want to drag the whole company on strike."

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A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7 to try to find a way out of the conflict that is increasingly seen in the largest amusement park in Europe.

#unsa #unsadisney #Disney100 #Disney #DisneylandParis

— UNSA_Disneyland Paris l'officiel (@unsadisney) June 3, 2023

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