Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Household Equipment In Specialised Stores
47.5 - Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores

288 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
70 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
24 May 2012
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2012


French household equipment retailer Conforama (Group Steinhoff), has announced plans to cut 288 positions before the end of the year. The job cuts will affect its after-sales department. The company wants to close seven of its twelve after-sales centers in France, which employ 605 workers in total.

Conforama will at the same time recruit 70 people at its after-sales department and propose internal mobility within the group for 252 of the redundant workers.

Overall, Conforama employs 9,170 employees. The Central Works Council has gone to court requesting to cancel the social plan arguing that the group has no financial difficulties and only wants to increase its profits.

Updated, 03/10/2012 The court decided on 27 September 2012 to put on hold the social plan. The employer has to start from the beginning the information and consultation process if he wants to maintain the restructuring plan.

Updated, 22/04/2013 According to the announcement, following a decision by the court the restructuring plan is not suspended anymore.

Updated, 28/11/2013 The court took a decision to suspend the plan again. According CFDT it the fourth time that a court stopped the information and consultation process about the plan. 



Eurofound (2012), Conforama, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 73639, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73639.