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Ikea hit by strikes in France

AFP/The Local · 14 Feb 2010, 10:48

Published: 14 Feb 2010 10:48 GMT+01:00

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Management said some 500 of the 5,500 staff scheduled to work on Saturday, one

of the busiest days of the week, had not turned up, while the CGT union

claimed more than 50 strikers took part in the stoppage.

Stores were picketed by strikers but the only one closed was at Franconville in the Paris suburbs, where manageress Claire Hery said there had been a threat of strong action by unions.

The unions are demanding a four percent pay rise for 2010, while the company has proposed one percent across the board and another one percent on merit.

Ikea reported record earnings of €21.5 billion ($30.1 billion) for the year to August 31st, 2009, up by 1.4 percent, despite a fall in demand for its products.

Ikea, known for its flat-pack ready to assemble furniture, is an unlisted, family-owned company which employs 123,000 people worldwide and has 267 stores in 25 countries, with another 34 operating under franchise.

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In June, it said it had slashed 5,000 jobs to cope with the drop in demand brought about by the global economic crisis.

Europe represents 80 percent of Ikea's sales, while North America makes up for 15 percent and the Asia-Australia region five percent.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:51 February 14, 2010 by GLO
The future is so ???? and these fools want a pay hike...WOW What can you say???

I Know some people cant read ..We are aaaaaall in a world market, like it or not...A business future is never a certian thing.. Employees need to protect as many jobs as possible..When the good times come back if ever then ask for a fair share....

Sorry thats the real deal....
22:44 February 14, 2010 by BroX

The real deal? Seems like "the good times" haven't left IKEA:

"Ikea reported record earnings of €21.5 billion ($30.1 billion) for the year to August 31st, 2009, up by 1.4 percent, despite a fall in demand for its products."
00:15 February 15, 2010 by Beavis
Anyone whos getting any sort of a pay rise the last 3 years should count themselves lucky. But this is France, the land of the strike, why most companies set up shop elsewhere in Europe
13:03 February 15, 2010 by peropaco
How France manages to be the 5th largest economy is anyone's guess. They are on strike pretty much all the time. France is the only country in Europe when you hail a taxi and if you are not going in his/her direction you are in bad luck. The country with the largest tourist visit per year and 98% of the population cannot even say "how do you do in English". Beautiful country and great engineers with absolutely no English skills. great food with little or no cream.;-)... Great wine although I prefer vinos Argentinos. And before anyone says why don't you learn French I would like to make it clear that I am absolutely brilliant both speaking and writing.
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