The distributor Auchan will pay a
bonus of 1,000 euros to 65,000 French employees “to salute their exceptional commitment to the health crisis” of the coronavirus, the group announced this Sunday in a press release.
“All employees of stores, warehouses, drives, home delivery services and e-commerce site” will be paid this lump sum, said the company, adding that it would be delivered “as suggested the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, (…) within the framework of the profit-sharing agreement of the company ”.
Respect for barrier gestures and flawless commitment
The “unfailing commitment” of employees “has kept all stores, drives and delivery services open,” said the group. To ensure the safety and health of teams and customers, “protective measures are already in place in all of our stores,” said Edgard Bonte, president of Auchan Retail, quoted in the text. .
He listed the respect for barrier gestures, the protection of crates with Plexiglas, the provision of hydroalcoholic gel, masks and gloves as well as the organization of store hours.
The Macron premium revisited
Bruno Le Maire called on companies Friday to pay a tax-free bonus to their employees, especially those who “had the courage to go to their work place” in the context of the epidemic of new coronavirus.
This possibility of bonus, created following the crisis of “yellow vests” of winter 2018-2019, was renewed in 2020 but only for companies having concluded a profit-sharing agreement with their employees. Signing this type of agreement has been simplified to encourage SMEs.
The minister recalled that companies had until June 30 to pay this tax-free premium up to 1,000 euros and on which no social security charges are borne. Auchan’s holding company reported a net loss of € 1.286 billion for 2019 in early March, up 12.3% from the previous year, in particular due to divestments. Excluding these exceptional items, net profit would have reached 432 million euros.