Mickey and Donald Strike at Disneyland Paris

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Dis­ney­land Paris staff who dress up as such char­ac­ters as Mickey, Don­ald Duck and Goofy have with­drawn from “Meet and Greet” events to protest the return of a senior col­league who was accused of sex­u­ally harass­ing women.

They are angry that the alleged offender was allowed to work due to “lack of evidence.”

We are all hugely pro­fes­sional, but have every right to go on strike if we believe that some­one who should not be here is work­ing along­side us. We also object to low pay,” an unnamed insider from the depart­ment was quoted as say­ing by the Daily Mail.

The Dis­ney board in Paris coun­tered that there was insuf­fi­cient evi­dence to have the alleged harass­ment offender charged. It denied that staff have the right to “opt out” of their duties, and has vowed to impose strong finan­cial penal­ties on strikers.

As well, strikes are being orga­nized as part of a union drive for pay raises.

Last week, besides the can­cel­la­tions of “Meet and Greet” ses­sions in Cafe Mickey, such hugely pop­u­lar events as Magic on Parade event and the Cow­boy Cook­out Bar­beque have been pulled.

All of the char­ac­ters involved come from Disneyland’s enter­tain­ment department.

Hun­dreds of mem­bers of four pow­er­ful unions have been demon­strat­ing out­side the theme park on the out­skirts of Paris.

It’s unfor­tu­nate, but we have to defend our rights as wage earn­ings. We have offered a com­pro­mise to man­age­ment, and it’s up to them to respond,” said David Char­p­en­tier, of the FO trade union.

A “gen­eral increase of 1.5 per cent” was being offered, said Daniel Dreux, Disneyland’s human resources man­ager. He called for “real­ism and com­mon sense” from strikers.

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