France: Migrant workers' occupation wins

Buffalo Grill strikers
Buffalo Grill strikers

Sacked workers occupying the Buffalo Grill restaurant for one month have beaten their employers and been re-instated with their employment status regularised.

Submitted by Steven. on July 11, 2007

The one-month occupation of the restaurant and parking lot of the Buffalo Grill in Viry-Chatillon outside Paris has resulted in an important victory for 20 undocumented migrant workers fired at the fast food chain.

With the support of the Commerce, Distribution and Services Federation of the CGT (FCDS-CGT), and international support from the International union IUF, local authorities have yielded to the groundswell of support for the workers and agreed to regularize their employment status.

The July 5 decision followed three rounds of negotiations with local authorities initiated after the workers' expulsion from the parking lot on July 3.

The FCDS-CGT, declaring that "a battle has been won but the struggle continues", has thanked the IUF and all who supported this important mobilisation.