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Non-conciliation recorded at Saint-Paul

More than a month after the announcement of a social plan within the main publisher of the country, the LCGB on Tuesday formalized the failure of negotiations. In accordance with the law, the management can now proceed with individual dismissals.

More than a month after the announcement of a social plan within the main publisher of the country, the LCGB on Tuesday formalized the failure of negotiations. In accordance with the law, the management can now proceed with individual dismissals.

(Jmh) – The social plan at Saint-Paul Luxembourg, announced in mid-September, will lead to “individual layoffs” for 74 people involved, the LCGB announced on Tuesday. In a press release, the Christian-social union formalizes the non-conciliation with the management “despite three meetings before the National Conciliation Office”.


Some of the staff of the Gasperich-based press group responded to the LCGB’s call. By this action, the union wishes to denounce the complete blocking of negotiations on the social plan.


To justify this situation, the LCGB points to the will of the management of the country’s main publisher and publisher in particular of the Luxemburger Wort “To display no desire to negotiate an extralegal component worthy of the commitment over many years by the people concerned”.

For his part, Paul Peckels, general manager of the Saint-Paul group, evokes “the colossal demands of the LCGB which could not be satisfied” and denounces “the inflexibility of the union in relation to its demands”.

“False” interpretation

Concretely, this situation will result in the implementation of individual redundancies, in accordance with legal provisions. From the point of view of the LCGB, this procedure “will however represent a serious non-respect of article 38 of the collective agreement in force until December 31,” which is why the union indicates that “each dismissal may be contested before the labor courts ”.

An interpretation deemed “false” by the management which considers it “to respect to the letter” the collective agreement. Ultimately, employees will have to choose between accepting management’s offer or going to court in a procedure that could last several months.


Saint-Paul seen from the sky - Luxemburger Wort - Photo: Pierre Matgé

Social plan negotiations in Saint-Paul Luxembourg are continuing, but the LCGB on Monday appealed to the former owner of the company while also awaiting an emergency interview with the Ministry of Labor.


Asked about the terms envisaged for these layoffs, Paul Peckels assures us that the employees concerned will benefit from “an agreement which provides in particular for an extra-legal bonus and an advantage concerning the provision of notice”. No information on the amount of this bonus has been communicated. According to the LCGB, however, the latter would be “much lower” than the conditions applied during the last social plan within Saint-Paul Luxembourg, in 2013. A communication to all the staff of the group must be carried out Thursday morning.

Justified by “the digital acceleration of our offer and our organization as well as the increase in our operational efficiency” and not by the takeover of the group by Mediahuis, this fourth social plan since the beginning of the 2000s within the Saint- group. Paul Luxembourg intervenes in a context of profound change in the press sector, strongly impacted by the fall in advertising revenue due to confinement. Structural difficulties which led the government to implement a reform of aid to the press.


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