Disneyland Paris President Says No Discussion on Cast Member Wages Until August Despite Recent Strikes

Lisa Stump

Disneyland Paris President Says No Discussion on Cast Member Wages Until August Despite Recent Strikes

Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski stated that Cast Members will need to wait until August to discuss potential changes to their wages.

Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski stated that Cast Members will need to wait until August to discuss changes in their wages.

Disneyland Paris President Tells Employees to Wait

According to DLP Report, Cast Members shared a message from Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski regarding the recent strike actions. She stated Disney will wait on negotiating pay until the formal review, which will take place in August. She further noted that while Disneyland Paris may have recently become profitable, the resort “needs to be careful” with its money.

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This statement is in response to Disneyland Paris Cast Members and associated unions announcing they will begin another strike on June 6, which will be renewed on a daily basis. They’ve also told resort leadership “the ball is in their court.”

If you will be visiting Disneyland Paris on June 6, expect entertainment cancellations, demonstrations, and various disruptions to general operations throughout the park grounds.

Cast Member Strikes

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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 Parade 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.

Union Involvement

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.”

What do you think of the recent strike actions? We’d like to see your opinions in the comments below.

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  • Lisa Stump

    Lisa loves theme parks, black coffee, and her two Sphynx cats, Jareth and Figment. She believes the best day includes a trip around World Showcase during the EPCOT International Food & Wine festival! Her favorite attractions are Rise of the Resistance, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and "it's a small world." She can be reached at lisa.stump@wdwnt.com.