France Télévisions workforce calls for strike, Pflimlin calls for efforts

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 26-09-2012

Parts of France Télévisions are to strike on 2 October in protest at the group’s financial uncertainty and asking for the end of the current programme of job cuts and drastic cost reduction plans.

As union members are also requesting to be presented with a “real strategic project for the group” and for its public missions to be financially secured, FTV’s president Rémy Pflimlin has instead preferred to call for cost effective “efforts”, anticipating revenues to decrease further. “We’ll have to look for substantial economies into the control or decrease of our budgets and programme costs” he stated bluntly in a message to FTV’s workforce.

Denying he had any idea to set up drastic job cutting plans, Rémy Pflimlin did reveal that he may extend the current plan of voluntary redundancies targeted to close in 2012. He urged his staff to adapt to what he called “the new economic context”.

France Télévisions employs 10, 000 people, and its Objectives and Means Agreement, signed with the French state, anticipates a 5 % job reduction over the 2011-2015 period.