The unions of Sanofi Aventis Groupe (SAG), alarmed after the suicide last week of an employee at her workplace, denounced “ a endangerment of the lives ” of the staff by “ intolerable ” practices in this entity of the group pharmaceutical company Sanofi.
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During a SAG social and economic committee (ESC) on Tuesday, employee representatives exercised their right of alert " because of serious and imminent danger ", in order to " try to prevent a situation that has become dangerous ", explain the CFE-CGC, CFDT, CFTC, FO and CGT unions in a joint leaflet received on Thursday.
" Yet another trauma "
Last Friday, an employee " back from burn-out " and working on a SAG site in Gentilly (Val-de-Marne) " put an end to her days in the premises of the company, " say the unions. A drama preceded by other " suicides and attempted suicides, " they add.
" Employee of the subsidiary Sanofi Winthrop Industrie, she worked closely with the support functions of SAG on a site essentially made up of employees of the support functions of SAG, " said Pascal Lopez (FO), confirming information from the Parisian. And she herself was " part " of SAG " from 2009 to 2013 ", according to the leaflet.
His " final gesture at the workplace is yet another trauma " for the 3,500 SAG employees " already weakened by company practices ", worry the unions, who say they alerted management " for several months " and " repeatedly ". During the CSE, said Lopez, they " unanimously voted for a resolution " to demand measures " urgently ".
Unions demand investigation
Criticizing the absence of " primary prevention " in the company, the five unions demand " the organization without delay of an investigation, with the labor administration, so that organizational and management abuses are definitively ended which lead to these disasters . " At the request of the CSE, an expertise on psychosocial risks at SAG had been carried out in recent months by the firm Sextant. In its report, published in February and which AFP was able to consult, Sextant considers that " the policy for preventing psychosocial risks is out of step with reality " in the company.
Before the suicide of June 19, two employees committed suicide, last October and May, and a suicide attempt took place at the end of April, according to Mr. Lopez, who accuses in particular the internal system of " performance evaluation " attributing notes to staff. " The multiplication of these dramas cannot be regarded as a mere coincidence, " say the unions.