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France – Temporary worker on hunger strike against staffing firm

09 May 2012

A former temporary worker has gone on hunger strike this week to protest against a France-based staffing firm after he had an accident at work over 11 years ago, reports the regional daily newspaper Le Berry Républicain.

The former temporary worker, Jose Dejesus Fresco, says that he had suffered from a head trauma and major injuries on his wrist after a 10-metre fall at a construction site in 2010 in the town of Bourges, in Central France. Consequently he spent “many months” in hospital, according to the newspaper, and has had difficulties finding a new job due to his physical handicap.

He claims that the staffing firm which had hired him should have provided health and safety material, such as a helmet. Although he won €17,500 in damages in a court ruling in 2004, he believes this was not enough as he had originally asked for compensation of €200,000.

He has now decided to position himself in front of the staffing firm in the town centre of Bourges to make his voice heard. “I call this an injustice and a violation of integrity. I have nothing to lose,” Mr Fresco told the newspaper.

The staffing firm involved, Supplay, is one of the largest in France and comes ninth in Staffing Industry Analysts’ ranking of top recruitment firms in the country. The firm was not available for comment. 

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