Disneyland Paris: the nurses’ strike could lead to the closure of the park

By Audrey L. Photos by Laurent P. Posted Aug 6, 2022 11:03 AM

A threat of closure hangs over Disneyland Paris, following a strike among nurses. Impossible to open the huge amusement park without a minimum of health personnel. In the middle of the summer season, this worrying situation …

Panic in the land of Mickey ! A nurses’ strike of Disneyland Paris profiled this Wednesday, August 8, 2022 and could well lead to the closure of the amusement park.

That day, 8 nurses declared themselves strikers out of the 12 supposed to work, while 5 people, at least, are required to ensure a health permanence in the park.

“On Wednesday, the management had to urgently mobilize firefighters to maintain activity (…) We fell below the number of nurses essential to be able to be open”, informs Laurent Burazer, elected CFTC at the CSE.

These adventures disrupt the functioning of Disneyland Paris during the summer season. A trade unionist from the CFDT specifies that without firefighters or nurses “we can’t keep the park open, we have to close“, and adds that the company has tried to hire external contractors but that there is “such a shortage of nurses that it’s complicated“.

In question, the change in the pace of work of nurses in the park. Until 2021 they benefited from 5 consecutive days off every 15 days. With the new organization, their cycle is more spaced out.

“They realized that they could not recover (…) They have a real need to cut and they feel more and more tired”, continues Laurent Burazer.

The direction of Disneyland Paris reacted this Wednesday, August 3, by postponing to three striking nurses a letter invoking in particular an “imposed” minimum service and recalling that any breach of obligations “may lead to disciplinary sanctions which may go as far as dismissal”. A measure that has even more heated the health personnel in strikewhich requested thework inspectioneven if the park assured “regret” this tone.

“Except in cases listed by specific texts, the employer cannot himself impose a minimum service, even if the interruption of the activity would be likely to compromise public order”, assures the administration, in a letter sent to AFP, in response to a request from the strikers. “A company that imposes unjustified notice or minimum service would infringe the right to strike, which is a constitutional right”.

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