Cast Members at Disneyland Paris are on strike, demanding higher wages. Their demonstration got tense as Cast Members were shoved by third-party security guards during the protests this morning.
Disneyland Paris Cast Member Strike
Cast Member demonstrations got tense this morning at the entrance to Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.
Twitter user @timekeeper shared the video below.
You can see security guards, who are employed by a third-party, guarding the entrance to Studio 1, the park’s main thoroughfare, in an attempt to keep demonstrating Cast Members from entering. As the crowd of Cast Members move toward the doors, the guards start to shove them causing a tense scene. Eventually, the throng of Cast Members spills into the building anyway.
Twitter user @unsadisney shared the same scene from a different angle:
You can see that eventually the security teams relent and allow all protesters to enter.
One source told WDWNT, “One of my colleagues had to go to the first aid after what external security did in the studios.”
DLPReport shared some images of the strike on Twitter as well:
Disneyland Paris Cast Member Strikes
Earlier this week on Tuesday morning, nearly 1,000 Disneyland Paris employees went on strike to demand higher wages. The strike forced Disney to cancel an 11:00 a.m. performance of the Dream… Shine Brighter Parade. This is not the first time a parade has been canceled due to a Cast Member strike at this park.
Forbes reports one striker told Le Parisien that union members had attempted to meet with management earlier in the morning, but were turned away.
This is 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 that they are struggling to make ends meet.
Unions Become Involved
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, but union officials said they were not enough. According to union leaders, the proposed changes do not “extinguish the fire.”
The unions called for a new strike and protest on Tuesday, May 30. This was a significant development for organized labor within Disneyland Paris. Previous demonstrations had been spontaneous, organized by employees who were upset with management; however, the May 30 strike was officially planned and organized by the unions, indicating the demands are now more serious than ever.
“It’s historic what happened,” Ahmed Masrour, a representative of the UNSA union, told La Marne. “The employees even organized an autonomous general assembly.”
Disneyland Paris Flexible Booking Adjustments
According to DLP Report, due to a Cast Member strike action planned for Saturday June 3, Disneyland Paris is implementing flexible conditions for current bookings. Guests may postpone their visit to a later date, dated tickets may be rescheduled or refunded, and non-dated ticket registrations can be moved back as late as 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Typically, Disneyland Paris allows guests to adjust bookings when the trip is seven or more days in advance; due to the strike circumstances, they have temporarily reduced the stringency of their policy.
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