The unions and the distribution bosses are yours and yours

The Federation of Commerce and Distribution (FCD) and the unions set up Monday a “joint circle of social practices” to discuss its good social and societal practices.

In these times when relations between employers and unions are strained in France, to the point that no major national agreement, even on an important subject such as unemployment insurance, has been signed since 2014, here is an initiative that will restore balm to the hearts of the defenders of social dialogue. The Federation of Commerce and Distribution (FCD), which brings together the major French brands, and FO, CFDT, CFTC and CFE-CGC set up on Monday a “joint circle of social practices”. Only the CGT does not participate. “The goal is for everyone to exchange informally on their good social and societal practices, so that they can be disseminated”, explains Jacques Creyssel, the general delegate of the FCD. On the agenda, themes as diverse as the integration of migrants, young people, religion or even incivility. Distribution companies are active in this area. Auchan has set up “Humania”, a platform that employees can call in the event of professional or personal difficulties. To boost apprenticeship, Carrefour is organizing the “competition for the best apprentice butcher and baker”. And the company published a guide on religious issues. Casino organizes days where employees can do health checks and has launched a mentoring program for women. The list is not exhaustive. Enough to improve the image of a sector perceived as socially harsh. And this although it allows social advancement: 47.5% of its executives started out as… employees.