Employees take legal action

Employees take legal action – Ten employees without papers employed by some of France’s construction giants have taken legal action denouncing their “exploitation” with no employment contract or pay slip. According to French media the workers are demanding accountability from eight subcontractors, but also from the four construction giants – Vinci, Eiffage, Spie Batignolles and GCC – at the head of the construction sites for the 2024 Olympic Games.

The employees point to the fact of having worked on the sites of the Olympic Games, in particular the Olympic village, without an employment contract, without a pay slip, without paid holidays or overtime. Now regularized, they have denounced the "exploitation" to which they say they have been victims, comparing themselves to the workers of the construction sites of the World Cup in Qatar.

They also claim to have had to have bought their own protective equipment and according to the CGT union which defends them, the companies giving the orders, such as Vinci or Eiffage, are responsible, because the labour code requires the ordering parties to control what is happening on site. The union suggests that the number of workers in this situation at around 100. But Solidéo, the Olympic works delivery company, speaks of less than a hundred cases identified despite 850 checks.

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