Geoffrey Branger, edited by Ophélie Artaud
The Just Eat meal platform is preparing to lay off more than half of its workforce in France. At issue: competition from other delivery services. If this social plan saw the light of day, there were only 220 employees left, all in Paris. In other cities where the service is deployed, the company could call on service providers.
Is meal delivery down in the air? Just Eat Takeaway is set to lay off. Business is no longer as booming as it was during the peak of covid-related lockdowns. Just Eat, formerly Alloresto, therefore wants to part with more than half of its workforce in France. It represents 350 employees.
Call for service providers
At Just Eat, all delivery people were on permanent contracts, unlike the competition. If this social plan really saw the light of day, there were only 220 employees left. And they would all be in Paris. The twenty-six other cities where the service is deployed would now call on service providers.
“Commercial activity will continue with self-employed delivery people from the Stuart platform, which belongs to La Poste. And it is very likely that in cities where salaried employment is eliminated, it will be this service provider who will take over the activity. There is even when a very strong message sent to the workers which says ‘we will replace you with autoentrepreneurs'”, notes Ludovic Riou, secretary general CGT Deliverers.
The objective would therefore be to reduce costs. However, at the start of the year, the platform had announced the hiring of 4,500 couriers on permanent contracts. In fact, Just Eat suffers from too much competition with Uber Eats or Deliveroo in particular. The home delivery company wishes, with this reduction in staff, to start again on a dynamic of sustainable and rental growth, according to management. For employees, this announcement comes at the worst time since negotiations were underway to improve working conditions and raise salaries.