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Covid-19 : after the crisis, the clothing stores are sounding the alarm

In the independent shops, only 40% of the employees have resumed their full employment and a decline in activity is still expected in September. Many service u

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Covid-19 : after the crisis, the clothing stores are sounding the alarm

In the independent shops, only 40% of the employees have resumed their full employment and a decline in activity is still expected in September.

Many service unions and the national Federation of the clothing industry, which represents independent shops, alert the government on a reduction of 25% to 30% of the activity from September, in an open letter Thursday.

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"The social partners of the commerce sector of independent retail clothing and textile articles urging the government to support msmes, ( ... ) at the time of the trade groups clothing collapse, taking with them thousands of jobs", write in an open letter to the Federation of the clothing, the CFDT, CFTC, Unsa, CFE-CGC and the national federation of the supervision of trade and services.

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By asking on Wednesday its investment in backup procedure, the manufacturer of yarns and ready-to-wear Phildar has added his name to a long list of brands of clothing than the Covid-19 has severely affected : Celio, Naf Naf, Camaieu, André, la Halle...

A decline in activity of 25% to 30%

Tuesday, the Procos, which defends the whole of the specialized trade (clothing, catering, gardening, sport articles etc) had referred to the possible destruction of 150 000 to 300 000 jobs by 2020-21.

This time, it is the network of independent shops that enliven the town centers, "that is, 80 000 employees and 38 000 stores in France, made up to 93% of very small businesses with less than 11 employees, and 7% of SMES who" calls for help. "They are now in need of support to maintain employment, especially as the recovery is slow : only 40% of employees have returned to their full job," says the open letter.

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"from September 2020, the economic crisis will weigh on the demand and trade of clothing could see his activity decline of 25% to 30%" said the social partners, threatening 10% to 20% of the 65,000 direct jobs in the perimeter, or 6500 to 13 000 jobs in 2020-2021, in the absence of trade-offs and additional support".

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In return for the support of the State, the branch is committed to promoting training and learning "among all the companies that have benefited from these measures and is preparing to open negotiations ambitious on the theme of the training".

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