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Orange hit by 10 suicides since start of 2014

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Staff writer ▼ | March 19, 2014
There have been ten suicides by Orange employees in France since the start of the year, or nearly as many as the eleven suicides seen in all of 2013, according to the Observatory of Stress and Forced Mobility.
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OrangeThere have been ten suicides by Orange employees in France since the start of the year, or nearly as many as the eleven suicides seen in all of 2013, according to the Observatory of Stress and Forced Mobility.


The Observatory is a body formed by the company’s unions a short time before a wave of suicides in 2008-2009, reports La Tribune.

Labelling it a "serious alert", the Observatory for Stress and Forced Mobility said the majority of these suicides were "explicitly related to work." Orange is now the name for what used to be known as France Telecom, a huge telecommunications firm that was hit by a wave of suicides. According to the observatory, there were 11 suicides in the group in 2013.

The wave was at its strongest between 2008 and 2009, when 35 employees took their lives, prompting then boss Didier Lombard to step down.

The company had been privatised in 2004, leading to major restructuring and the loss of scores of jobs.

Management at Orange, which employs around 100,000 people, acknowledged Tuesday that there had been "several suicides" since the beginning of the year.

"Each of these acts... involves different contexts. But these situations remind us to be vigilant," the company told AFP.

The group's mediator is due to meet employee representatives on Friday over the issue. Orange's unions had already raised the alert last month.


 

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