“To Mr. Elisabeth BORNE Minister of Labor, Employment and Integration Redundancies within the TUI France group
Mr. Stéphane Peu alerted the Minister of Labor, Employment and Integration on the layoffs to which employees will be victims of the French subsidiary of the German group TUI, world No. 1 in tourism.
Owner of major tour operator brands (Look Voyages, Marmara, Nouvelles Frontières, etc.), this leading player in the tourism industry in France announced on June 17 the removal of 583 jobs out of 904 employees.
These job cuts will affect both the company’s headquarters and the network of 65 branches that will either be closed or franchised.
In addition to the terms of the announcement of this information to employees, particularly inhumane since it took place by video conference, it is the springs of this dismissal plan that do not fail to question.
Indeed, if the Covid-19 crisis has significantly affected the group’s activities, these difficulties are circumstantial and have been largely cushioned by the measures from which companies have been able to benefit, in particular the use of short-time work.
The very principle of the job-cutting plan in question
In addition, the group has benefited from1.8 billion euros in loan from the German public investment bank (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau – KfW) bringing its global financing capacity to more than 3 billion euros to overcome the crisis.
According to the trade unions, from this quite considerable sum, the German group would have allocated 100 million euros to its French subsidiary.
Rich in brands that retain the trust of many consumers, and testifying to generally healthy economic trends, this company is in a position to face the delicate period it is going through.
It is therefore the very principle of this job-cutting plan that should be questioned, probably resulting less from the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis than from a tactic aimed at not to learn from the strategic mistakes of the German group on the French travel “market”, to take advantage of the intangible capital of the company (the brands) to the detriment of the human collective (the employees).
In addition, in the case of a company that has regularly benefited from the contribution exemption and tax credit schemes (10 million euros from CICE), this strategic choice of sacrificing employment for profitability is absolutely unacceptable.
Mr. deputy wishes cknow the measures that the ministry intends to take to defend the interests of employees, in particular by ensuring that the 100 million allocated by the group to TUI France are not allocated to financing the relocation of employment to Belgium and the Morocco but to its sustainability.”