This summer, restaurants will close “a day or a day and a half” because they will “not have their hands”, warns the president of the AFMR

Alain Fontaine, president of the French Association of Master Restorers (AFMR), warns that “this summer will not be like the others”.

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How to recruit waiters and waitresses? For restaurateurs, the problem becomes acute. Employers and unions resumed their discussions on Tuesday, May 31. They are looking for solutions to develop the profession. Eco guest of franceinfo, Alain Fontaine, president of the French Association of Master Restorers (AFMR), warns that “this summer will not be like the others for some restaurateurs and for some customers“.

Every yearhe explains, we are looking for about 100,000 employees. There, we are between 330,000 and 360,000. It is three times more (…) Very quickly, on your vacation spots, you will realize that restaurants usually open seven days a week will close one day or one day and a half. They will not be able to keep their time amplitude, because they will not have the hands, in front, to meet the demand“.

According to Alain Fontaine, also at the head of the Parisian restaurant Le Mesturet, it is necessary to play on all the levers: wages and working conditions, by working in particular on the cuts between the services. Unions also want to guarantee employees a weekend off every month: “This is a good solution, and there are others“, says the professional.

The president of the AFMR also highlights immigration, while the UMIH, an employers’ organization, recently announced an agreement with Tunisia to facilitate the arrival of Tunisian workers in French establishments. “We must first take care of immigration here“, argues Alain Fontaine: “We have great young people coming out of CFA and high school but also great people on the sidewalk waiting to work. Administratively, we have to be able to take them from us. The restoration of tomorrow will be saved in part by the immigration present on our territory“.

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