why the employees of the Cosquer cave are on strike

This Sunday, February 11, employees of the Cosquer Méditerranée cave, in Marseille, are striking at the call of the CGT and the CFDT.

“We want to welcome you with a smile, but not in these conditions” : in front of the entrance to the Cosquer cave this Sunday morning, before the opening of the reconstructed prehistoric cave, employees brandish protest signs.

At the call of the CGT and the CFTDT, around twenty employees are striking for better working conditions. “In an economic context of inflation, the company creates a climate of stress and fear”denounces a CFDT leaflet distributed in front of the entrance to the building.

Cosquer Méditerranée employees are demanding in particular a 10% salary increase, permanent hiring to deal with understaffing, two consecutive days of rest, increases for Sundays and public holidays, payment of salaries on a fixed date, etc.

Since its opening on June 4, 2022, the Cosquer cave has been open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The leaflet distributed by the CGT denounces the company Kleber Rossillon, which manages the site. According to trade unionists, she “recorded in 2023 an increase in attendance of more than 15% at the 12 tourist sites it manages.” In this context, they are demanding an increase in their salaries.

Despite this social movement, the Cosquer cave was able to open at 9:30 a.m. The strike was attended by around twenty people, the site has seventy-five employees.

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