Internal restructuring
Centre-Est; Rhône-Alpes; Rhône
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Publishing Activities
58.13 - Publishing of newspapers

77 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
4 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
22 March 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2018
Foreseen end date
30 June 2019


The regional newspaper  "Le Progrès" announced a voluntary departures plan to cut 77 positions. The plan targets 27 editorial positions, 30 in administrative services and 20 in technical services, out of a total staff of about 500. This voluntary redundancy plan comes three weeks after the presentation to the works council of the new strategy of the newspaper and, more broadly, of the group Ebra, the owner of the title. The aim is to focus on the development of the web. In this context, four job creations are also planned: two of community managers, one of webmaster and one of video editor.

According to the SNJ union, negotiations with staff representatives will open on 27 March, with an agreement expected mid-June by management. The first departures would start from September. The voluntary departure plan would be spread over ten months. The union is concerned about the risk of intensifying the pace of work for the remaining employees. A former social plan occured in 2006 with 130 job cuts.


  • 22 March 2018: Le Monde


Eurofound (2018), Le Progrès, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 93635, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93635.