The catering giant Elior has announced 1,888 job cuts in its branch dedicated to corporate catering. This reorganisation, which is the subject of an Employment safeguard plan presented to the works council, affects 1,260 catering outlets operated by its subsidiaries Elior Entreprises and Arpège. The group has been affected since the COVID-19 epidemic, which led large companies, in particular, to implement work from home policies for their employees.
The management will attempt to 'propose a redeployment to the employees concerned' to its other activities in France and estimates the number of potentially available positions at more than 1,000 in the coming year. The management will undertake a process of consultation and exchange with the trade unions to limit as far as possible the impact of this project on employment.
A total of 9,500 employees are currently working in company catering in France within Elior Entreprises and Arpège, which is the high-end segment of this activity. Arpège's clients include a number of large companies headquartered in the La Défense business district, near Paris, whose staff present in the office on a daily basis have been reduced. Elior's corporate catering branch thus saw its business shrink by 45% compared with last year due to the health crisis. Other actions were launched during the containment period to adapt to the new market reality: systematic contract renegotiations, leave, training, internal mobility, activation of government schemes for short-time working.
The group Elior employs 45,000 employees in France.