End of the nightmare for the ex-employees of Dia, who had not been paid since July

The eight Dia stores sold in May by Carrefour to Gastt Expansion were declared bankrupt. The 47 employees who had not been paid since the beginning of July will be able to be made redundant.

Dia sold in May by Carrefour to the company Gastt Expansion, putting an end to a three-month “galley” for the 47 employees who have not been paid since the beginning of July. “The court” will liquidate each of the eight stores “, which were legally subsidiaries of the company Gastt Expansion. In detail, the judges also pronounced the judicial liquidation of the parent company. Contacted by Le Figaro, Adam Kuzmicz, boss of Gastt Expansion, did not wish to speak.

“We are finally released”, rejoiced the employees at the exit of the court. Among the employees, bound until now by the employment contract binding them to Gastt and who could not accept a position elsewhere, the time was for “relief”, testified Hamid Benhafoun, who was an assistant in a store. “We are free”, added Patrice Prost, from Belley (Ain), while Caroline Roseuw, from Lille, saw “finally the end of the tunnel”.

Thanks to the court’s decision, a dismissal procedure was initiated. There are two possibilities for employees. Or, they accept a contract takeover by Carrefour, which has undertaken to take over the employees who so desire. Or, they accept an economic layoff, which will allow them in particular to receive unemployment benefit.

The difficulties are far from over, however. Contacted by Le Figaro, Carole Desiano, of the Force Ouvrière union, specifies that these 47 employees have still not received the part of their wages covered by the AGS, the wage guarantee scheme. In fact, the payment must be made before October 20.

This real imbroglio found its foundations in 2014. Carrefour has indeed acquired more than 812 Dia stores in France. The Autorité de la concurrence nevertheless imposed on the leader of the large-scale distribution to resell 56 of them, in sectors where it risked being abused of a dominant position. Among these stores, some were sold to Gastt Expansion. This Polish company wanted to develop a cooperative franchise brand of fresh produce in France, in the form of a short circuit, Okey. With this system already existing in Poland, Gastt wanted each store to be independent.

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