Cafes and restaurants will remain closed beyond December 1. This is the announcement of Prime Minister Jean Castex, this Thursday, November 12, during a first assessment on the reconfinement. It is the entire sector that is almost at a standstill, after a first three-month confinement in the spring. A meeting is organized this Friday afternoon around the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, and the Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Alain Griset. Among the many questions asked by catering professionals: that of paid vacation.
It’s a real time bomb, explains the National Group of Independent Hotel and Restaurant Industry, one of the two employers’ organizations in the sector. The staff of hotels, cafes and restaurants are placed on short-time work, but they continue to benefit from paid leave.
And if partial unemployment is reimbursed by theState, this is not the case with leave. “The government says it reimburses 100% partial unemployment, explains GNI President Didier Chenet. We say: this is not true! Since there are still paid holidays.“
According to the organization, this represents one billion euros. The GNI therefore asks the government to leave the employers the possibility of putting their employees on paid leave during the entire period of partial unemployment. “We, the companies, will pay for the paid vacation, specifies Didier Chenet. On the other hand we ask theState to compensate us for partial unemployment.“
According to the GNI, hotels are today at 10% or 15% of their turnover. Restaurants are doing a little better, at 50% of their usual figure. Without this help from the government, many establishments will go out of business, believes the organization.