Syria, the wall of Trump : the employees of LafargeHolcim worried about their jobs

Funding alleged islamist groups in Syria, the building of the wall of Trump between Mexico and the United States… The CFDT construction bois is concerned about the employment consequences of the polemics that have leaded to the image of the group LafargeHolcim.
“The business has had a disastrous effect on the image of the group LafargeHolcim. To the point that employees are concerned about the consequences this could have in terms of employment.” It is Jean-Michel Gillet, national secretary of the CFDT-timber Construction, which is expressed as well with Batiactu. “When a band’s” image is tarnished, it can have a commercial impact, and this may lead, ultimately, to reductions of activity or closures of plants”, he adds. The trade union organisation has issued a press release on 27 April, and to get this message across.


In fact, the last few months, for LafargeHolcim, have been hectic. First, the case of the alleged funding of islamist groups in Syria, which resulted in the resignation of its ceo. Then the case of the wall of Donald Trump, when the group said it was “ready” to provide the cement for the build. A ‘blunder’ which has also closed the doors of Paris Plage. “These controversies are in addition to the problems caused by the merger between Lafarge and Holcim, which is not made in the softness”, regretted Jean-Michel Gillet. The CFDT refers to “the disposal of activities, reorganizations and job losses”.


“In Europe, all this would not have happened”


The union of salaried employees also considers that the establishment of the bodies of staff representation, in all countries where the group is active, would prevent some of the “slips” recently recognized. “When the representatives of the personnel are in the loop of decisions, what kind of problems are detected”, says Jean-Michel Gillet. “In Europe, all this would not have happened.”


The CFDT asks for agreement health-global security at LafargeHolcim


“We ask the direction of an international framework agreement health and safety, so as to reduce the number of deaths,” explains Jean-Michel Gillet. “In particular by taking greater account of risk on the roads.” In 2016, according to the CFDT, 86 deaths of employees were reported in LafargeHolcim, including sub-contractors.

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