Côte d’Azur Residences: Seasonal Worker Accommodation

On the Côte d’Azur, a studio “can go up to 900 euros in summer” monthly, regrets Chloé Boland, head waiter in a restaurant. But this year, like a hundred seasonal workers, she was able to stay in a much more affordable student room.

At the Le Repère restaurant in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, with its feet in the waters of the Mediterranean, there are six in total, out of the twenty seasonal workers hired for the summer, to benefit from a new system intended to resolve the difficulties accommodation on this very touristy coast where prices are skyrocketing.

It was set up by the Regional Center for University and School Works (Crous) of the Nice-Toulon Academy and its counterpart in Aix-Marseille-Avignon, in conjunction with the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’region. Azur and the Union of Hotel Trades and Industries (Umih).

“Without this system, we would not have been able to hire six seasonal workers,” explains the restaurant owner, former starred chef Nicolas Decherchi.

“In addition, they are seasoned professionals, who also do the winter season in Courchevel or Méribel (Alps), for example,” he says with satisfaction.

It is he, as an employer, who has signed an agreement with the Crous to provide accommodation for his staff at his own expense in a student residence located in Cannes La Bocca, a quarter of an hour by car from his establishment. .

For a 20 m2 studio equipped with wifi, in a brand new residence with laundry facilities and fitness equipment, the boss has to pay 464 euros per month including charges. The rental lasts from one to three months and the apartment must imperatively be returned to its first destination by September 1st.

This summer, the Nice-Toulon Crous is thus hosting 150 seasonal workers, employed in the hotel and catering industry but also on nautical bases or in the cultural sector, in its various residences in Cannes, Nice and Sophia-Antipolis.

For the moment, the device has not yet found a buyer in the Var where the Crous nevertheless has residences in Toulon and La Garde on the coast.

The Crous d’Aix-Marseille-Avignon has made 150 rooms available to seasonal workers, but, again, for lack of sufficient communication, very few have been occupied by this profile of worker.

– “Virtuous circle” –

“This housing problem has existed for years, it is a significant step forward. We have 70,000 summer seasonal workers in the region, we have to provide them with accommodation and help tourism professionals,” explains François de Canson, vice-president of the region.

The local authority also plans to provide summer workers with accommodation in high school boarding schools, which it manages.

“At the academy, we have 5,000 student accommodation, 40% of which are vacant in the summer, so that makes a potential of 2,000 places”, calculates Mireille Barral, general manager of Crous Nice-Toulon, for whom this approach is part of in the roadmap issued in June by the government in favor of the employment of seasonal workers.

“For us, it is also interesting to rent these accommodations in the summer because it can help to make the necessary investments, for example for renovation, for the benefit of the students, and this while rendering a service to the territory, it is a circle virtuous”, considers the director of the Crous, a public body which depends on the Ministry of Higher Education.

The other academy in the region, that of Aix-Marseille-Avignon, has more than 10,000 student accommodation, again a significant potential for rooms that could be occupied, for a summer, by workers. of the tourism sector.

In the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, tourism represents 13% of Gross Domestic Product, weighs 20 billion euros in turnover and generates 200,000 jobs in July-August, i.e. 12% of regional employment. .

This article is originally published on arabnews.fr

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