This column from an nameless restaurateur, indignant with the strike motion, was initially published on the Zenchef restaurant blog Friday December 13. We republish it in full.
The strike… This well-known Franco-French manna that we proudly brandish, that we declare, that we use to the rope like an indignant little one close to a drained state guardian. However who is that this "we"? Is strike a proper? However then ought to we not all be equal when confronted with this feature: to cease our skilled exercise immediately to claim our claims? Actually, WHO, other than the RATP, has this privilege? WHO can cease working by creating such a nuisance potential requiring everybody to be a witness to their claims?
As a dealer, craftsman, worker of any SME, if I’m dissatisfied with my working situations, my clients, my hundreds, and I cease working to claim my claims, to whom will I hurt other than myself by depriving myself of wage, turnover and exercise? Who am I going to drive to cease its exercise in my wake? What choices can be found to me to specific my dissatisfaction and unfold it? Strikes aren’t a proper, they’re a privilege reserved for a part of the inhabitants. The one who decides who has the suitable to work or not. The thought is to not have any opinion on the strikers' claims themselves, however to state right here the results for a silent majority that doesn’t have this privilege.
Strikes aren’t a proper, they’re a privilege reserved for a part of the inhabitants. The one who decides who has the suitable to work or not.
In your data, and for the reason that nice leaders of this strike delight themselves on appearing for the nice of all, I want to let you know about my week. I’ve three eating places and 22 workers. First, it needs to be famous that this standing provides me an appropriate month-to-month wage however a lot decrease than that which I’d have had as an worker of the identical age and with equal expertise. My hourly price, alternatively, is ridiculous and far decrease than the minimal wage since an entrepreneur works each hour when he doesn’t sleep.
As well as, none of my eating places have even comfy money as a result of each euro earned is allotted to salaries, bills, uncooked supplies and the advance of working situations for my workers. As soon as all the things has been paid, there are just a few kopecks that we hold preciously for onerous knocks: breakage, water harm, tools, and so on. Solely onerous knocks are in the end prices as common as mounted prices. If I specify this, it’s so as to not be relegated to the straightforward rank of the "Boss". This wealthy scoundrel smoker who girdles everybody and takes it simple within the solar. As a result of that is usually the "Boss made in The Strikers". In any case, it’s by no means the reflection of a actuality nonetheless majority, specifically an entrepreneur motivated basically by his want to create worth and employment. Empathic in direction of his groups that he helps and desirous to develop on the price of his personal progress. Involved about its clients and its banker, but additionally its service suppliers and suppliers. Briefly, somebody who works on a regular basis and worries about all the things, on the expense of his household life generally and with out monetary compensation maybe by no means. As a result of who will purchase his enterprise on this context? What utopian can nonetheless consider that the sport is definitely worth the candle in France? What unconscious will launch into this galley the place these on which its turnover relies upon have all of the rights and from which it inherits solely duties?
Within the merchants' Koh-Lanta, the Yellow Vests check had already eradicated just a few candidates. They didn’t have the strike drive of those new railway kidnappers. The hostage-taking impacts everybody this time and positively challenges the existence of merchants. This 12 months, the striker will punctuate me greater than the state itself. Every month, I settle my prices and taxes with a decent coronary heart on the sight of this zero-sum recreation and with unacceptable guidelines, however with the least satisfaction of the price of solidarity. The sums which the strikers value me finance solely their very own pursuits. In the event that they handle to make me unemployed on the finish of the day, I can’t see the compensation as a result of as a "enterprise proprietor", it’s my duty to handle myself throughout occasions of shortage. As for pensions, I’ve neither the leisure to consider it nor the luxurious of claiming it. Nonetheless, I’ll cheerfully finance that of others all through my "profession".
"The turnover doesn’t even cowl the taxis that we reserve for our workers"
So robust with my money in hand, I begin my week on strike this Thursday, December 5. The primary Kiss Cool results got here shortly: a bathe of cancellations fell on eating places. On the similar time, 70% of workers don’t have the chance to come back to work. We’re making the choice to shut one of many eating places and distribute the few accessible workers to the opposite two institutions. The service is a slaughter, the turnover doesn’t even cowl the taxis that we reserve for our workers in order that they’ll return to their houses. The subsequent day, rebelote. Nonetheless, we determine to not shut any extra institutions. Every euro earned is critical to fill the rising overdraft that awaits us with open arms. And we’ve got this fierce although irrational thought of a reed that received't bend. And, anyway, what to say to our workers? "It's a strike however relaxed, we're going to shut and relaxation quietly till the storm passes, we wouldn't make just a little Christmas film since we don't must work?"?
The bloodbath expands, and exponentially. Every evolution is worse than the final. Workers working within the suburbs are downright broken, suppliers can not guarantee deliveries, clients don’t journey. December is the month of enterprise meals for us. A further turnover on the finish of the 12 months that lets you shut in the course of the holidays with out dropping too many feathers. The primary teams cancel, calling into query everything of our administration throughout this era. Can we keep the Christmas bonuses? Can we hold worker depart? Learn how to finance this staff night that we had deliberate for a very long time, and particularly who will have the ability to attend it with out technique of locomotion?
As a result of sure, this strike might have began in November or January however truly in December, the evil is bigger, deeper. The striker takes on the looks of Grinch, this evil character who needs to the touch the center in a festive interval and too completely satisfied given his private claims. On the alternative of the second is added that vicious of its execution. The strike and its obscure outlines, the withholding of data from its vindictive and moralizing decision-makers. The uncertainty of its period and its kind plunges us into hesitant and scary conjectures. Darkish interval.
Right here comes Friday. The primary night of the week after we begin creating wealth in regular occasions. Our workers, united, set up to reply current. They paid for his or her gasoline and put their entourage to work to make the journey. Prospects couldn't do the identical. In view of the weekend, we try to optimize the schedules between relaxation days, one another's journeys, quantity (quantity) of reservations. We reimburse Uber, taxis and scooters, sadly at a loss. The receipts are collapsing however the bills are sustainable. Regardless of all the things, we proceed to fund providers that we can not declare. I finance the pointless Navigo Passes of my workers. I pay for my parking for a automobile that I don't need to use however whose carbon footprint has been imposed on me this week. I’m depending on the vagaries of the Submit Workplace, the college, the crèche, the metro, the bus, EVERYTHING however on December 15, URSSAF can be debited, on time not like my metro. My taxes will present up, uncompromising and never in restricted service not like the establishments they finance.
I’m depending on the vagaries of the Submit Workplace, the college, the crèche, the metro, the bus, EVERYTHING however on December 15, URSSAF can be debited, on time not like my metro.
A brand new week of strikes begins. We keep our want to stay open in any respect prices and we determine that each one workers can be paid, whether or not they come or not. Those that don’t have any answer will profit from paid trip days. Even those that don't have it already or have already got extra. On this sixth day of strike, we however perceive that transport prices proceed to exceed turnover. We’ve managed to retain restaurant workers for six years, a report and a victory as a result of we’ve got at all times had their pursuits at coronary heart. At the moment, I discover myself obliged to ask them to come back on their very own or to not come in any respect. As a result of I do know that if they arrive, I can’t depart them on the road on the finish of the service. I’ll take a taxi for them, financing my debt, financing this strike that I didn’t select, at the price of all that I’ve constructed.
My firm, which value me a lot, and the roles of my workers are on the mercy of this strike. Every day that it lasts will trigger our loss just a little extra.