Hotel and catering: the CFDT will sign the agreement on a wage increase

Although it called for an increase in minimum wages of 22%, the second union in the branch said measure “the efforts of employers who have made unprecedented progress in the sector” with an average increase of 16, 33% of the entire salary scale.

The CFDT announced on Tuesday its decision to sign the agreement on wages in the hotel and catering industry negotiated with employers, which paves the way for its entry into force. Last week, during the second salary negotiation session with the unions, the hotel and catering employers proposed a new salary scale ensuring a minimum wage greater than 5% than the minimum wage and “an average increase of 16, 33% “of the entire current salary scale.

The CFDT had “proposed an increase in minimum wages of 25%” and wished for an overall increase in the scale “more consistent, “she noted on Tuesday in a press release. But it “nevertheless measures the efforts of employers who have made unprecedented progress in the sector”. Second union in the hotel and catering branch, with 30, 94% representativeness, the CFDT can validate for it only this agreement on wages, the branch agreements being made valid by the signing of union organizations weighing at least 30% representativeness. But on condition that organizations bringing together at least 50% do not oppose it.

Negotiations to come on working conditions

In its press release, the CFDT “recalls its demands for the improvement of the working conditions of employees in the sector”. “The employers’ organizations ended up making a commitment to start negotiations on (this) subject as of 17 February,” she adds. Very weakened by the pandemic, the hotel and catering branch is also facing serious recruitment difficulties. “increase in night work, weekends and public holidays” or “supervision and compensation for cuts”. On the employers’ side, the president of the GNI (independent of the hotel and catering industry), Didier Chenet, told AFP that apart from the CFDT, “no other union” had announced “for the time being” its intention to sign the wage agreement. They have until 17 January to do so.

“If other unions do not not oppose, it can pass, “he said. “FO said she would not sign, but would not oppose, and the CGT seems on the same line,” he said. “It is a carefully considered and worked out grid, we have made considerable efforts, particularly in the situation we are experiencing,” underlined Didier Chenet. Last Thursday, the CGT judged the increase “far from the mark”, while “the attractiveness of the trades in this sector requires a significant investment”.