Presstalis: CGT and kiosks call for a resumption of activity

In Marseille, more than 600 “run out” kiosks have no more newspapers to sell.

«The situation is catastrophic, a solution must be found immediately“, Hammered Friday in Marseille the CGT representatives of the subsidiary of the newspaper distributor Presstalis put into compulsory liquidation and private press kiosks for a month.

On May 15, the Paris Commercial Court declared the compulsory liquidation of the two subsidiaries of the highly indebted newspaper distributor Presstalis, SAD in Marseille and Soprocom, responsible for distributing newspapers and magazines.

These subsidiaries have 512 employees on fifteen sites including some 130 employees in Marseille, who have since no longer work and are preparing to receive their letter of dismissal in the coming days.

In the second largest city in France, there are more than 600 kiosks “exhausted“Who no longer have newspapers to sell, rebelled Christian Andrieux, head of the professional union of the sector, Culture Press, invited to the press conference organized on Friday by the CGT.

«We support all initiatives that allow a resumption of press distribution, including that of the CGT since there is no other proposal.“, Continued Mr. Andrieux, deploring”let the newsagents die in silence».

«We are ready to resume activity tomorrow. It is in our interest that it picks up very quickly», Defended Maxime Picard, CGT delegate. On one condition, however: that a round table “with all the players in the sector – printers, transporters, distributors, publishers, couriers and employee representativesIs organized to fix a new project.

The union had proposed on May 25 the establishment of a cooperative society of collective interest (SCIC) owned by employees, users and publishers, for example, without any party being able to exceed 50% of the votes. While waiting for this project to see the light of day, he asks for the resumption of newspaper distribution on the SAD site via a parapublic operator such as La Poste.

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