Keyword: Yellow Pages

The financial 'hold-up' threatening France's Yellow Pages workers

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Members of the inter-union group representing staff at SoLocal, owners of France's 'Yellow Pages', at La Défense in Paris, March 9th, 2018. Members of the inter-union group representing staff at SoLocal, owners of France's 'Yellow Pages', at La Défense in Paris, March 9th, 2018.

The group SoLocal, which owns the well-known Pages Jaunes or Yellow Pages business directory in France, has announced it is to shed a thousand jobs out of a total workforce of 4,400. Executives claim this is part of the necessary move from paper format to online directory. But workers and unions say this is a smokescreen and that most of its directory work has been online for years. Instead they claim they are the victims of a financial plan designed solely to satisfy the group's shareholders. Dan Israel reports.