Battle over McDonald's 'union stronghold' in Marseille


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Their restaurant is due to close its doors for good on August 7th and they have resolved to do all they can to stop it. The 70 staff at the Saint-Barthélemy McDonald's branch in the north of Marseille are in the middle of a conflict with their current owners who are proposing to sell the business to a mysterious buyer. The employees do not believe the new plans for the restaurant are serious proposals. Instead they believe that the closure of this 'McDo' outlet is a ruse, and stems from a desire to get rid of a restaurant whose unionised staff have been behind some high-profile industrial campaigns and actions, both at local and national level. In a bid to halt the move the staff, backed by an inter-union group, have deposed an official complaint against the owners with the prosecutor in the Mediterranean coastal city for attempted fraud.