End of variable shifts

End of variable shifts

We, Disneyland Paris Cast Members, are demanding from Euro Disney to change the method used to plan our shifts. We demand the return to normal 8 hours shifts, with the possibility of allowing volunteers to require variable shift times if they so desire.

Currently, what management has decided to call "Horaires Adaptés" ( adapted shifts ) or "Horaires choisis" ( chosen shifts ) is only adapted as a way for Disneyland Paris to save money, and currently a mandatory policy. Those shifts can last anywhere from 4h30 to 10h30 on the job, with variable break times. Of course, shift times and schedules change each week, making it impossible for cast members to find any sort of work-life balance. This ends up having a massive impact on our mental and physical health. There is more to it, as you might one day have to work an opening shift (starting around 6AM), and the next a closing shift (those ending at 2AM). It is impossible to find any sense of balance, or rest properly when our schedules end up being like this.

Having short shifts isn't worth it either. A 3PM to 7PM shift, or a 10PM to 2AM one simply has you plan a whole day around four hours of work, and it only gets worse for the many of us who do not live near the park, and have to factor in travel time and the time needed to get into uniform. If you combine those, you might end up with two hours dedicated to getting between your home and your work location, for barely over four hours of work, which is not balanced in the slightest.

The only compensation offered for forcing such a lifestyle on us ? A 50% wage increase for shifts longer than 9 hours. Yet, they do all they can to avoid paying those by giving out shifts that are 9h15 hours long, or 9h30 hours long. For most of us, this compensation ends up being close to 20 to 40 euros per month, which has very little effect on our financial struggles. This compensation for such unbalanced work schedules is simply not worth ruining our health, be it mental or physical. We are tired, overworked, and not even compensated properly. Those adapted shifts have to end to allow us to at least get some balance and regularity.