Five employees of France Telecom were killed in the last 15 days, thus bringing to 23 the number of employees in this group who have committed suicide since the beginning of the year, unions announced. The company's management agency confirmed to AFP the deaths.
"With dismay and great sadness we learned of several employees of the group suicide," said a spokesman. He said that employees do not know each other and had different jobs.
The CFE-CGC-UNSA, two employees were in the region of Rennes, one of the North, one of the Toulouse region and one in the Paris. Four of them worked directly for France Telecom and the fifth for Equant, a subsidiary 100% controlled by France Telecom.
"Until now no correlation has been established between these dramas. We will carry out a thorough investigation of the professional situation of each employee in part," said company spokesman. None of them committed suicide at work but one of them jumped off a bridge located near the head after he left the job, said the CFE-CGC-greased.
Since January 2010, 23 employees of the group were killed. France Telecom was in the center of a scandal sparked by a series of suicides at the end of 2009, which revealed a serious social crisis within the group. In total, management and unions have counted 35 suicides, some of them at work, between 2008 to 2009. That crisis, much-publicized, forced the company to open negotiations on the stress level at which employees are exposed.