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France Télévisions wants to cut thousands of contributions in 4 years

The plan of the departure plan announced by France Television last month is clear: management wants to voluntarily remove thousands of jobs by 2022, but negotiations with trade unions launched on Monday are difficult.

The public service broadcaster announced a month ago that it will develop a plan for voluntary departures in the form of a conventional collective break with the aim of restraining and restoring the workforce.

The extent of this plan was not specified at that time, but unions believed they were afraid "Extensive restructuring" and some mentioned the removal of 1,500 jobs.

Finally, the data were announced on Monday on the occasion of the opening of internal talks with public sector unions. According to a document prepared by the AFP leadership, "Maximum number of FTEs (equivalent full-time jobs, Ed.) Deleted 1000" during the four years until the end of 2022.

This number corresponds to the balance between departures and recruits that will be affected during this period. Along with leaving the group, the group plans to hire or integrate temporary staff, especially to develop their digital skills.

The document further confirms that these job cuts will be executed without forced departures, as promised by the group management.

"Organized break"

"There is no forced exit"In December AFP announced Arnaud Lesaunier, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and France Télévisions. "The plan will mostly accompany retirement" and "It will be accompanied by measures facilitating internal mobility"he stressed.

This project is baptized "Recomposition Plan" leadership, facing significant internal enemies. Since the announcement of their principle in mid-December, CGT, CFDT, FO and SNJ have opposed the contradictions. And negotiations started on Monday, which must end at the end of the quarter, look tense.

On Monday, the SNJ (National Union of Journalists) rejected the plan in its current form, mainly because of the additional workload of employees and less generous severance pay.

"The SNJ is not, in principle, at odds with the simplification of the departure of employees who wish, while accepting insecure and young recruits"but "We refuse the terms of a plan that tunes individualism and divides the cups between generations", condemned the union to ensure that he "They will not secure this organized case",

Pierre Mouchel, of the CGT, also told AFP that he is opposed to a plan he describes as "Editing Horses"and is pessimistic about the possibility of concluding an agreement.

"Thousands of contributions, it's unpublished, and it seems difficult to imagine, and we've been asked to negotiate without knowing where we are going because we have no details of the group's strategy"how his activities would evolve on the basis of exit and recruitment, he explains.

With the announcement of this plan, the public group, which had about 9,600 employees at the end of 2018, has implemented a policy of reducing labor for several years. Since 2012 he has reduced by 1000 full-time equivalents (as part of the policy of not replacing one of the two retirements).

In addition, the government has asked the public group to save around 400 million euros by 2022. The company led by Delphine Ernotte is also committed to keeping its investments in audiovisual production (movies, TV shows, serials, cartoons …) at 420 million euros a year, and will increase its investments in digital computers to stay in the race against US streaming platforms.

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