On does everything! The gendarmes, the guards … We must be there to dispatch the customers, to help them. It’s really complicated because we do everything at the same time », Explains an employee of the Casino des Caillols. Usually, she is in charge of the automatic tills, but on this Tuesday morning, it is petitions that she makes sign to the customers and residents of the supermarket. Petitions aimed at alerting them to several Casino projects. ” They want us to work on Sunday afternoon until 9 p.m. and at the end of the evening on weekdays, until 11 p.m. », Explains Jean Pastor, central trade union representative of Casino. Similar projects are also planned at the Géant Casino in Valmante (9e) and that of Sainte-Anne (8e).
This is what activists call ” Medef week », Against which the departmental union CGT 13. Other actions of the same ilk took place in Auchan Martigues, Terrasses du Port and Gardanne and Port-de-Bouc. The goal is to denounce a real ” deregulation of life in society which kills small traders. But above all, it brings other brands in this direction, like dominoes », Continues Jean Pastor. Especially since Sunday work mainly concerns the most precarious employees, such as students.
At the Casino des Caillols, there is also the problem of automatic cash registers. Which make it easier to open on Sundays. While reducing jobs: ” We have lost cashiers since automation began. And it is not manageable for the employees, there is a cashier to manage twelve automatic checkouts. » Proof of a ” consumerism taken to the extreme For the activists. They have also received a more than favorable reception: many customers have signed the petition.