Orange signs new deal with three French labour unions

Wednesday 29 September 2010 | 16:41 CET | News
France Telecom-Orange has signed an agreement on work organisation with labour unions CFDT, CFE-CGC and CFTC, which together represent 40 percent of votes cast during the last representative elections. Negotiations with unions began in September 2009 and have already led to the signing of seven agreements on issues such as mobility, the balance between careers and personal life, the evaluation and prevention of stress at work, and how employee representative organisations are to function. The new deal addresses the following themes: the content and meaning of work, room for manoeuvre and

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Categories: General
Companies: France Telecom / Orange Business France
Countries: France
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All this posturing is ridiculous. Truth is that 20,000 people have been persecuted till they resign since 2007, hundreds are on sick leave and scores under psychiatric care; 58 at least have committed suicide since 2008 and 28 more this year. Changes within the group France Telecom-Orange have been piecemeal & cosmetic and a well-documented journalist investigation broadcast by France 2 TV channel (Envoye Special),a thorough public report and insiders' intelligence indicate that FT-Orange is tacitly continuing to implement a hardly softer version of their NEXT' plan to destroy psychically weak staff so that they take worse deals or leave the company at no cost for the employer. Hence the persistently high frequency of suicide. As the top management and the 2000 middle managers chosen to implement NEXT are carrying on their war of attrition on their staff, they accuse those who commit suicide of being fragile, denying that they, as management, and no one else, are first and foremost responsible for these traumatic events and their impact inside and outside the company. The future of FT-Orange is bleak as the commitment and loyalty of staff to the company is collapsing as we speak - we can already see signs of this as rings of employees are stealing both customers and employer a phenomenon that will spread as a form of vengeance, retribution and compensation. More ominously,the violence inflicted on them may cause some staff to turn physically violent against the managers who assaulted their physical/psychological integrity. The company may brace itself for some bloodshed as many of thousands staff are rooting for revenge. The Human and Financial cost of this 'management strategy', a mockery of Kubler Ross concern for the dying will be paid for many years to come. Distrust and low morale are no good mood to perform well. The former CEO and accomplices are still in the company with no indication that they will be brought to justice yet. But, in 18 months, a left wing government is likely to win, and many of them may face criminal charges and be prosecuted,which will rock further the boat. FT-Orange will have to fork out more than 1 billion Euro to address the impact of their flawed approach and no guarantee of success. The recruitment of more 'docile', possibly younger, untrained, inexperienced and less productive employee will not help satisfy customers who have henough of the false advertisements, bad products & misleading contracts of FT-Orange.
astrolabe cosmos @ 7/10/2010 - 11:11

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