France’s largest union by members has demanded that the management of Disneyland Paris pays its 14,500 staff a bonus, after record attendances and its debt refinanced.

The French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) said: “After a record year in terms of attendance at the parks and the success of the company’s debt refinancing by The Walt Disney Company, the CFDT demands the payment of an exceptional bonus to the employees.

“Mobilising everyone is particularly essential in order to influence the wage negotiations which should begin in a few weeks.”
Celebrations for Disneyland Paris’s 20th anniversary this year boosted attendance by 400,000 to a record 16m, making it Europe’s most-visited tourist attraction. Sales increased 2.3% to €1.3 billion but it made a net loss of €100 million, driven by debt financing costs.

Earlier this year, Disneyland Paris staff went on strike over pay. They called for a pay increase of at least 4%, but the company only offered a 1.5% rise.