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Five temporary employees dismissed in 2009 by ArcelorMittal have been reclassified as permanent employees by the Labour Tribunal of Thionville because they have worked for the same company at the same location for between four and nine years, Reuters reports.
The Labour Tribunal decided that ArcelorMittal have to make redundancy payments to each of the five dismissed reclassified members of staff of between 20,000 Euro and 45,000 Euro depending on the number of years they have worked for the steel manufacturer.
The lawyer who represented the five dismissed reclassified employees, Florence Martin, said "this [verdict] confirms our case. You cannot work for four years or nine years for the same company at the same site and call that temporary employment."
The reclassified employees had been employed by staffing agency Manpower on the basis of consecutive 18-months temporary employment contracts.
According to the CFDT Union, ArcelorMittal has dismissed 400 temporary employees since the end of 2008 due to the impact of the economic crisis. 15 temporary employees had asked the steel manufacturer to reclassify their contracts as permanent contracts but ArcelorMittal told the Labour Tribunal that an amicable solution had been found.
Florence Martin commented "the majority of the [dismissed] temporary employees won't say a word because they know full well that they will never find work again otherwise, even with other temporary employment agencies."