France: One-day strike at Nice-Matin

Nice-Matin

Staff at the newspaper group Nice-Matin went on strike on Saturday, demanding assurances about the future of the newspaper and of their jobs.

No editions of the paper Nice-Matin or its sister titles Var-Matin and Corse-Matin were produced this Saturday. Staff took action due to a proposed sale of the group by its parent company, Lagardère, the proposed buyer, the Le Monde group, plans to merge these regional titles (and others) and printing operations.

According to a CGT representative over 300 workers attended an assemblée générale (general meeting) on Friday and voted for strike action. 150 strikers picketed the headquarters of the group this morning. It is unclear whether the strike was union organised and the company was officially notified in advance (as required by law) or if it was more spontaneous.

The minister for development was in the area opening a new lane on the motorway, he told strikers that he was monitoring the situation closely, although did not promise or even mention any tangible support he might offer.