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France – Unions call for strike at Adecco

08 April 2013

French workers employed by Swiss staffing firm Adecco are planning to take national strike action on Tuesday. France is Adecco’s most important single market, but the recruiter has come under some pressure from a deteriorating job market and flagging demand.

Four local unions, the CFDT, CGC, FO and UNSA, have jointly announced their intentions to strike against a proposed change in the company’s compensation system which, it is alleged, would lead to a loss of income for employees. Local media claims that French employees of the Swiss recruiter have seen no or little pay rises since 2008.

The unions which represent Adecco employees criticised the staffing firm. “There is no social dialogue in the company, we are tired of the monologue.” But Adecco said it was seeking meaningful discussions with the unions.

Last month, Adecco reported that revenue in the fourth quarter fell as trading remained tough in Europe. During the quarter, French revenue dropped -17% to €1.2 billion as demand for permanent staff declined and the labour market tightened further. At the same time, the company also announced that the merger of its Adia and Adecco brands was nearly complete.

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