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The Face of the crisis, the intersyndicale of Conforama challenges Bruno Le Maire

"The silence of the minister of the Economy is unbearable," denounces the inter this Tuesday. It requires obtaining without delay of the loan guaranteed by th

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The Face of the crisis, the intersyndicale of Conforama challenges Bruno Le Maire

"The silence of the minister of the Economy is unbearable," denounces the inter this Tuesday. It requires obtaining without delay of the loan guaranteed by the State.

The intersyndicale of Conforama calls this Tuesday Bruno Le Maire said in an email that "denounces the silence of the ministry of the Economy," and claims to obtain "without delay" of the loan guaranteed by the State, as requested by the group. The trade unions CFE-CGC, CGT and FO point out in their press release that "the 9000 employees of Conforama face a total uncertainty regarding their future", despite a meeting on 22 may with the Ciri, the cell of the ministry of the Economy, with companies affected by the health crisis.

The unions have denounced for several weeks, the reluctance of the "two major banks" (HSBC and BNP-Paribas) to be granted the loan of 320 million euros requested by Conforama, with a guarantee of 90% of the State. "The press has revealed that the ministry of Economics supported a takeover of Conforama by Purpose. The director-general of Goal publicly expressed the wish of his teaching resume Conforama : is it a firm offer ? What are the conditions ?", queries the intersyndicale.

"20 000 indirect jobs are threatened,"

"The silence of the minister of the Economy is unbearable," says the press release, "while 62% of the products sold by Conforama from French companies and 20 000 indirect jobs are threatened". According to Mohammed Chadli, a trade union delegate central CFE-CGC, "employees do not have any information. The management told us during a economic and social committee last Tuesday that it had received no binding offer for this Purpose, there is a concern that the sign made to hang around to push Conforama, to the bankrupt and make an offer less advantageous then".

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"A bankruptcy filing of Conforama would it be to a potential buyer with the assent of the State ?", asks the press release. According to the delegate CFE-CGC, "the pressure is rising among the employees, who wish to demonstrate in front of Bercy at the end of the week".

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Controlled since 2011 by the south african group Steinhoff, shaken in 2017 by a huge financial scandal, Conforama has implemented a backup plan of employment (PSE) in several stages, about 1900 employees in total. This plan, approved at the end of February is now "frozen" due to lack of funding, according to the unions, who fear that the initial conditions are negotiated at the time may be cropped fault the loan was guaranteed by the State.

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