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France — Randstad redundancy scheme invalidated by law court

14 January 2010

The tribunal of Bobigny in Greater Paris has invalidated a redundancy scheme (PSE) put forward by staffing group Randstad concerning 489 redundancies in France on the basis of a "brutal collapse of temporary employment activity, which has forced Randstad to adapt to a strong fall in demand", Le Monde reports.

The elected members of Randstad's Works Council (Comite d'Entreprise) had contested the correctness of procedure of the obligatory staff consultation process and the justification for the redundancy scheme in court.

A spokesperson for Randstad said "the voluntary redundancies are below but very close to 489 jobs as envisaged in the initial scheme." Randstad made clear that these redundancies have already happened.

However, this fact is contested by the unions. Teddy Dewolf, Member of the CGT Union and Secretary of the Randstad's Works Council said that only 380 people had left on voluntary redundancy and another 20 dossiers were still being examined.

Dewolf said "some 80 employees could have been made redundant but will not now be because of the decision by the court. This is a great victory. It was important that the court recognises that there was no economic hardship justification for getting rid of these jobs."

Randstad became the 3rd largest staffing company in France following the merger with Vedior in April 2008 and has, according to Le Monde, a market share of 20% in the French temporary employment sector.



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