Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski, as well as Head of HR Guillaume Da Cunha and new COO Christophe Murphy, were scheduled to address Cast Members during a live internal Q&A this afternoon. The Disneyland Paris leadership team has not previously addressed Cast Members during the current labor disputes and strike events.
Disneyland Paris Leadership
DLP Report shared the news this morning. An exact time for the Q&A was not announced and no news about it has come out since. As of writing, it’s 8:15 p.m. in Paris.
Disneyland Paris Cast Members have been striking in the parks for the past few weeks, leading to canceled parades and shows, as they demand better pay and working conditions.
Rafalski recently stated that Cast Members will need to wait until August to discuss potential changes to their wages.
Disneyland Paris Cast Member Strikes
On May 30, nearly 1,000 Disneyland Paris employees went on strike to demand higher wages. The action forced Disney to cancel an 11:00 a.m. performance of the “Dream… Shine Brighter” show and cavalcade at Disneyland Park. This is not the first time a parade has been canceled due to a Cast Member strike at this park.
Forbes reported union members had attempted to meet with management earlier that morning, but were turned away. After the May 30 demonstrations, another planned Cast Member strike action took place on Saturday, June 3, prompting a temporary flexible cancellation policy for guests.
This was the third protest by Disneyland Paris employees in recent weeks. On May 10, a group of about 200 employees staged a demonstration, and on May 23, the number of participants grew to 500. Employees from hotels, maintenance, and security also joined.
Cast Members for the Paris resort are demanding a monthly wage increase of €200, increased mileage allowances, and more flexible scheduling. They’ve stated that their wages have not kept up with the rate of inflation, and are struggling to make ends meet.
The park’s management met with union leaders on May 26 in an attempt to reach a settlement. Disney offered some measures to address cost of living issues, though union officials said they were not enough. According to union leaders, the proposed changes do not “extinguish the fire” of present economic conditions.
“It’s historic what happened,” Ahmed Masrour, a representative of the UNSA union, told La Marne. “The employees even organized an autonomous general assembly.”
Another strike was held on June 6, this time resulting in a canceled fireworks show.
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