At Solidaires, an inside battle illustrates the difficulties of militant employment | EUROtoday

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“While my employer was aware of my harassment, he participated in it and fanned the flames to silence me. I had five different offices between February 2020 and April 2021. It disgusts me to be an employee of these people, which I would never have imagined given what they defend.” The environment was fratricidal on Tuesday, June 24, when Laurent Degousée outlined what he was accusing Solidaires, his former employer, of earlier than the Paris industrial tribunal: insufferable working circumstances and unpaid time beyond regulation.

This 52-year-old lawyer, an worker of the 100,000-member commerce union since 2010 and seconded to its federation SUD-commerces et companies, has taken the matter to courtroom to acquire the judicial termination of his employment contract, as a result of existence of widespread ethical harassment. He was dismissed within the meantime, in April, for skilled incapacity, particularly after a number of suicide makes an attempt, considered one of which was acknowledged as an accident at work.

Mr. Degousée explains that he was first the sufferer of denigration after which threats from his counterpart in one other Solidaires construction, the SUD-commerces et companies Ile-de-France union – which differs from the nationwide federation of the identical identify. Since 2019, the affair has often shaken the union's authorities. The worker's complaints piled up, and regardless of makes an attempt at decision, the nationwide workplace ended up suspending, in June 2023, the federation led by Mr. Degousée for “anti-democratic practices”.

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At the bar, Solidaires' lawyer, Isabelle Grelin, is evident: Mr. Degousée would exploit this “conflict between two structures” to facilitate his departure, since he retrained to develop into a lawyer. “There is no harassment in this case. The union paid for equipment so that he could telework, settled the dispute and maintained his salary at 100% during his work stoppages.” “Everything is distorted. He wants to make us pay for a great suffering for which we are not responsible. We have tried to calm the situation several times.”signifies to the World Murielle Guilbert, normal delegate of Solidaires. The resolution is predicted on September 16.

“It's difficult to put yourself in the position of employers”

Some of the weather highlighted by Laurent Degousée aren’t remoted: a number of conflicts have emerged in recent times at Solidaires, resulting in the departure in 2020 of two workers from its Action des salariés du secteur associatif department or others at SUD-industrie. At stake, every time, is the truth that the union and its federations don’t assume their duties as employers, whereas they combat every single day to enhance working circumstances. “I haven't had a medical visit for six years, no overtime, no recognition of the flat rate in days and an overload of work”describes one worker.

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