BFMTV / RMC: agreement on a departure plan, 245 job cuts planned

The negotiations lasted all summer. NextRadioTV, parent company of BFMTV and RMC, has signed an agreement with the unions on the elimination of 245 permanent positions and a 33% reduction in freelance volume, management announced in an internal email on Wednesday.

The Altice group’s media subsidiary (BFMTV, RMC, RMC Sport, BFM Business, RMC Découverte, RMC Story, etc.) announced in June a savings plan which provided for the elimination of 330 to 380 permanent contracts and up to 200 freelancers and intermittents , or about a third of the workforce, out of a total of 1,600 employees.

A plan that the unions had immediately denounced, judging “this drastic incomprehensible cut” within a structurally beneficiary group. The employees had observed a strike lasting several days, an unprecedented movement in this group.

“This agreement is attractive and responsible for those who wish to leave,” boasts management in this email sent to employees. The organization that we will put in place will allow the company to be better equipped, from 2021, to meet the challenges that are before us, at a time when the structural and economic decline in advertising revenues is confirmed ”.

“Thanks to your support and your mobilization during the strike in June, thanks to the work of elected officials, trade unions […], the conditions obtained are more favorable to employees than those presented to the CSE on July 24, ”reacted the group’s inter-union in a press release, announcing the holding of a general meeting on Thursday to answer questions from employees.

” A failure “

“It is a defeat, after an unprecedented strike movement, for the employees. It is also a defeat for the management, which has broken something: the dynamics of the group ”, deplore for their part the companies of journalists (SDJ) of NextRadioTV.

“The incomprehension remains total. We spent a year full of challenges, which we took up, with record audiences and excellent entries in the various media of the group. We are punished when we should be rewarded, ”they regret.

The management specifies in his email that the departures will be only voluntary, with “no forced redundancy possible before December 31, 2021”. The departure plan will be open from October 8 to December 23.

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Freelancers will have the possibility “under certain eligibility conditions” to leave the company under the voluntary departure plan and employees whose position will be eliminated but who do not leave under the plan will be reclassified within the group. , she assures.

Savings measures concerning temporary workers (in particular technicians) will be the subject of another agreement. According to a source familiar with the matter, the use of intermittent workers would drop by 37%.

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