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21 Jun 2023

Owen Lloyd, Inside the Games,
Le Monde (France) avec AFP

Workers set to sue construction companies after unpaid labour on Paris 2024 venues

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A group of 10 undocumented workers who have served on building sites for Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games are set to sue four construction companies carrying out the projects.

They are targeting Vinci, Eiffage, Spie Batignolles, and GCC as well as eight subcontracting companies at an industrial tribunal in Bobigny.

They were initially undocumented and despite now being regulated it is claimed that they worked without a contract, pay slips, paid holidays, or overtime.

They have denounced the exploitation they claim to have been subjected to and have compared the situation to that of workers at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

"Everyone knew I had no papers," said one of the workers who are originally from Mali or the Democratic Republic of Congo, as reported by France Info...

The plaintiffs' representatives at the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) have disputed this and claimed "illegal" practice by the employers.