Vélib’ employees on strike to keep their jobs

Many employees of Cyclocity, a subsidiary of JCDecaux operating Vélib’, went on strike on Tuesday. They hope to keep their jobs in a context where their employer risks losing this operating contract.

According to the CGT, about 90% of the employees of , a subsidiary of in charge of the maintenance of the , were on strike today. Some of them were gathered this morning in front of the Paris City Hall to try to be received. They ask for “guarantees for the maintenance of the 315 employees”.

These employees fear for their jobs following the call for tenders launched by the town hall of Paris and which must designate the new operator of Vélib’, for the next fifteen years. , an SME from Montpellier which already equips 26 French cities as well as Vancouver, Chicago, Helsinki and even Moscow. According to , would be preferred by the tender commission. Information that the protagonists have not confirmed. “For the moment, we have not been officially informed. We have no information”, explains Smoove. Same story at the town hall of Paris: “The call for tenders is not over. We can’t confirm anything,” he said. As for the JCDecaux company, it explains that it makes “no comment on a procedure in progress”.

“Whether Decaux or Smoove, we want to keep our salaries and our achievements,” explains Parisian Ridha Mekrouz, CGT delegate, who are not interested in contract awards. “Behind, there are 315 families,” she explains. Cyclocity employees have launched , aiming to save their jobs, which they intend to return to . The Vélib Métropole mixed syndicate must decide in mid-April on the new operator.

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