Keyword: restaurant sector

Post-lockdown, restaurant staff in France are saying ‘adieu’ to exploitation

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Margot, a waitress at the Café Jules in La Grande-Motte, southern France. © Cécile Hautefeuille Margot, a waitress at the Café Jules in La Grande-Motte, southern France. © Cécile Hautefeuille

In a gradual lifting of the restrictions introduced to contain the Covid-19 epidemic in France, cafés and restaurants were allowed to re-open in June after a lengthy period of closure. But employers report increasing difficulties in finding staff, many of whom appear to have decided, after months laid off, to quit insecure and demanding jobs in which they complain of being exploited and undervalued. Cécile Hautefeuille reports from the Mediterranean resort of La Grande-Motte.

 

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