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Despite strike suspension, no election night on BFM and RMC

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The NextradioTV teams were partially heard. The employees of the branches of the media group which brings together, BFM Paris, BFM Business, RMC and the digital editorial staff of NextRadioTV,
on strike this Wednesday against a savings plan providing for 500 job cuts, or one third of the workforce of this subsidiary of the Altice group.

Meeting in a general assembly this Sunday at 4 p.m., they finally decided to end the strike, after management announced that there would be no forced departures before November 2021.

"The strike will be suspended Monday morning at 9 am"

"The strike will be suspended Monday morning at 9 am," confirmed this Sunday at 20 minutes a journalist in the political service at RMC. "We received an email from management about two hours before the GA. This email announced a voluntary departure plan from July 15 to the end of November with a maximum of 330 CDI affected, but no forced departure, or economic layoff until November 2021, "said a reporter for BFM TV. And to detail: "The management is open to negotiations on the volume of freelancers, and this is also an essential point. People who worked on RMC Sport will be able to find new positions within the new organization. "

Anticipating a collapse in advertising revenue, NextRadioTV announced a workforce reduction plan in mid-May. "We were in deficit in April and May for the first time in seventeen years," explains Alain Weill in the columns of Sunday Journal. The coronavirus crisis was "a blow and no one escapes it: TF1, M6, Canal + … The coming months will be difficult for everyone," he warns.

The group's LDS had announced this Saturday in a forum published on the site of Sunday Journal that they would not cover the second round of
municipal. "A heartbreak as journalists, they said. We should be present in dozens of cities, in front of campaign headquarters, on sets, in newsrooms, to tell you, decipher, live with you this high point of democracy. It’s our mission. Yet we will not fill it. "

"There will be no antenna this Sunday"

The journalist from the RMC political service should have been in the provinces this Sunday to cover the municipal elections. "As we were on strike, I stayed in Paris and attended the general assembly. This is a special day on a professional and personal level, it is our first strike, "he says. "Some teams are on site and are waiting to report on the municipal elections which will be broadcast on air on Monday. The strike will continue until 9 am tomorrow and there will be no antenna this Sunday, "said the BFM TV reporter.

This is the first time that the journalist from the RMC political service has not dealt with such strong political news. "My heart is heavy," says the journalist, "but I know why I'm not going to cover this event. We gave a lot during the Covid-19 crisis, and we expected these elections as a reward. There is great professional frustration. "

The coverage of the second round of the municipal elections was "readapted" and entrusted to "freelancers and fixed-term workers," according to an SDP member of the hooly News. "We didn't do all of this for nothing. The movement moved the lines. Union organizations can now calmly return to the negotiating table. And I can say it all the more since I am not unionized, "concludes the RMC journalist.