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France – Randstad accidentally overpaid temporary staff and now wants money back

25 June 2012

Some 72 temporary workers hired at an automotive parts manufacturer in Montbeliard, Eastern France, might have to pay back excess money to their employment agency Randstad after the firm made a mistake in their accounting practices.

The radio station, France Bleu Belfort-Montbéliard, revealed that the staffing firm has accidentally overpaid over 70 temporary workers who were working at Siédoubs-Faurecia. The workers could now have to pay back an estimated €1,500 to €4,700 each as Randstad had, by mistake, paid their meal vouchers according to an hourly and not a daily rate.

This mistake is said to have gone on for almost a year and the temporary workers have now been contacted by the staffing firm and asked to pay back the money.

But the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) has received several complaints from the temporary workers and argues that Randstad is liable for its own mistakes and that the temporary workers should not have to pay the money back. However, some temporary workers have already signed an IOU despite the union’s advice not to do so.

Randstad has meanwhile offered that the workers  can pay back the money in stages. But the trade union criticises that some of the workers who have been affected by this are currently unemployed and were not in a financial situation to pay Randstad the excess money.


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