Marks and Spencer France staff strike over pay, bosses

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

Staff at French branches of UK re­tail chain Marks and Spencer went on strike Satur­day de­mand­ing pay rises and an end to what one union of­fi­cial de­scribed as “man­age­ment by terror.”

Yasin Leguet, an of­fi­cial with the SECI-Unsa union who or­ga­nized the strike ac­tion, said more than 20 per­cent of the re­tailer’s 400 em­ploy­ees in France — ex­clud­ing its 200 man­agers and ex­ec­u­tives — ral­lied out­side Marks and Spencer’s store on Paris’ famed Champs-El­y­sees shop­ping street.

The com­pany told AFP that only around 35 peo­ple were in­volved in the strike, which did not re­sort in any store clo­sures in the cap­i­tal.

Leguet said strik­ing staff wanted a 7 per­cent pay rise, an ex­tra month’s pay per year, and changes to man­age­ment meth­ods, claim­ing they were work­ing un­der “man­age­ment by terror.” The union said 43 per­cent of M&S’s French staff earn the min­i­mum wage.

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