Desperately looking for investors or buyers. According to the CGT, the majority union among employees, the northern ready-to-wear company, Camaïeu, placed in receivership since the end of July, “has, for the moment, no intention or offer of reprise “. And this, a few days before the deadline of the Commercial Court of Lille. “The risk is judicial liquidation,” underlines Thierrry Siwik, CGT delegate.
Created in 1984, in Roubaix, in the North, the women’s clothing brand is in cessation of payments, two years after its takeover by Financière immobilière bordelaise, a company founded by Bordeaux businessman Michel Ohayon. At the time, the new shareholder had reduced the workforce from 3,100 to 2,600 employees and the number of stores from 630 to 510.
It is Wednesday, September 28 that the leaders of Camaïeu must present to the commercial court their continuation plan to relaunch the company. “The shareholder must provide 15 million euros to bail out the cash and provide the necessary guarantees for the financing plan”, worries Thierry Siwik.
About ten days ago, a “pre-project” was presented to the judge-commissioners of the Lille commercial court, then, the next day, to the staff representatives, specifies a spokesperson for the firm, according The world. The extent of the social plan was not detailed, but the CGT estimated that around 700 jobs were threatened.
“Fifteen investment funds approached”
Thursday, during a general meeting, the CGT delegate was even more pessimistic. “There is one week left to convince otherwise, 2,600 people risk finding themselves unemployed if the management’s project is not accepted by the court,” Thierry Siwik told AFP. 20 minutes.
The latter ensures that with the CGT, “fifteen investment funds have been canvassed to save the company”. “We only had three responses,” he laments.
Contacted, the management of Camaïeu did not respond.