STRIKE at Disneyland Paris

Just in time for the big press and VIP this weekend at Disneyland Paris the four unions CFDT EuroDisney, Fo, UNSA, and CFTC have called for a 48 hour strike of cast members today and tomorrow in a current dispute concerning the pay of cast members. CFDT is representing the largest amount of cast members among the unions. However, it should be noted that the two other unions representing cast members, CGC and CGT (the latter being the second largest union at the resort), are not involved and have not asked their members to join the work action.

According to Les Echos the management offered a pay increase of 1.5% for 2012 (plus an increase of the reimbursement of teh Orange Card for public transportation from 75% to 80% resp. an increase by 20% in the value of the gas coupons for cast members not able to use the public transportation). The unions apparently had demanded a 5% (CFDT) resp. a 4% increase (CFTC, FO & UNSA) of the wages.

A first warning that it might call for a strike on March 31st had been issued by CFDT in a press release already on March 21st and on March 23rd CFDT escalated the matter by threatening a strike lasting for two days (March 30th and 31st). Then on March 26th CFDT actually put the call out to its members to go on strike for both days.

This long advance warning should have allowed the resort’s management to preprare accordingly to execute the event in style with very limited impact anyway. So far our team member on-site hasn’t noticed any impact of the strike at all. However, about 50 union members had positioned themeselves in front of the RER / TGV train station demonstrating.

However, even if the management is able to limit the impact of the strike on the event the fact that the strike (in however limited form) does take place is already impacting press coverage. The French daily Les Echos published a first article last evening which was then reported about internationally today by Bloomberg. Also our team member on-site spotted a tv crew filming the demonstrating cast members in front of the train station.

10 Responses to “STRIKE at Disneyland Paris”

  1. Vikki coley says:

    No parade at Disneyland studios today! Lots of rides seem to be temporarily closing with “technical issues”!

  2. gavin says:

    ruined the last day of our holiday yesterday ! about 50 strikers blowing whistles loudly walked through the park entered cafe hyperion ( where we where hiding with disabled young children ) they then spent the whole day walking around the park and protesting in main street ! loud and intimidating ! before they appeared the rides all had technical issues mmm and shops shut there doors lots of dlrp representitives around apolagising to visitors ! if they want more money find a better job they really ruined our holiday and distressed our children

  3. gavin says:

    to say very limited impact was wrong the first we knew about it was an a4 notice in the hotel lobby on ( the day of the strike )

  4. Helen says:

    I agree Gavin we arrived on the 28th march And for two days everything was magical. Watching my girls taking everything in from the surroundings to the characters and finally the parade on the Thursday brought a tear to my eye. We tried to recreate this on our last day the Friday only to be fronted by 100s Of demonstrators waving flags blowing whistles and basically just being very intimidating. One of them even had a mask on covering his face which not only made myself feel un easy but my young girls where actually scared. This totally ruined our last day and took away the magic for the girls. I know people have to make a stand for what they want and believe in but when there is children involved surely there is other ways and means to go about it.

  5. Simon says:

    Disney really can do things on a grand scale including incompetence apparently. Hundreds of shadows (visitor relations personnel) to the strikers laid on to sheperd guests away from strikers, but no fore thought as to how to handle them once in the park, hence strikers end up blocking main street and ruining the day for tens of thousands of visitors. Let the strikers march down main street first then have the parade for the kids, they get the 5 minutes in the sun we the paying public don’t have to placate crying children. Why is it with DLP that they have 3 people to do each job, one does the work, and the other two talk about what should be done. Disney the maestro of putting on a show and organisation, would wonder what act is being carried out in his name in France, at Dis-organised Land Paris. Perhaps the 3 to 1 worker explains the losses, pay those that work more and get shot of the rest.
    Per previous comments No advance warning and A4 note at breakfast on day of the strike.
    Disney then followed this up with a 20th Anniversary Press Day (31st) excluding many of the same Public who had missed out the day before from large elements of the park until mid day and gone. Again no pre warning on booking or at hotel, just a sign on entry, whilst press and hundreds of hangers on may be happy, real PR battle lost as Public queued outside guest relations demand refunds I assume. Let’s hope DLP lives to see its 30th Anniversary?

  6. antony thorne says:

    stayed at the newport bay completely ruined our holiday wernt told anything parade was cancelled rides closed due to technical issues loud intimadating idiots blowing whistles and singing happy birthday disney land thier ere a few protesters at the gate which was fine but the ones who enter the parked did so on purpose to ruin peoples holidays think this was out of order of them cause with out the customer the wouldnt have a job decided never to go back again even left the resort a day early because of it going to complain to euro disney and demand compensation

  7. Charmaine says:

    I took my four children to Disneyland for there Christmas present it wasn’t cheap to have there dreams shattered by the idiots that went on strike instead of being met by all there favorite Disney characters they were met by selfish smug adults,security,and angry parents strike all they like but what right did they have to shatter childrens dreams how can any parent explain to young children what’s going on and why they can’t see the parade
    Dig deep Disneyland because it’s not only pay rises you need to worry about I will be fighting this and making sure I get every penny back and hope everyone else does the same

  8. hihoitsoffworkwego says:

    The impact of the strikers was minimal and they were good natured (if you don’t mind whistles), though was more put off by the Disney workers trying to keep you away from the strikers who were more intimidating.

    Took some great photos of the alternative Disney parade and was met with smiles and thumbs ups, only the French eh!

  9. scottish says:

    i am taking my 3 young chirldren to disneyland paris on monday what is happin with these strikes ?? are they over or will my chirldren be better off staying at home? i dont think it would be worth my while travelling all that way just to have their dreams shatterd..

  10. Dean says:

    We just had a reply from Disney offering 120 good will gesture that’s supposed to cover two days of striking and a further day of being refused entry to me and my four kids as our tickets became demagnetised. Let alone the refusal of breakfast Disney should be ashamed.

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