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France – Temporary workers can keep money in Randstad payment muddle

27 June 2012

Randstad has received unwanted press attention this week because the world’s second largest staffing firm had asked 72 of its temporary workers to repay some money after the firm made a mistake in its accounting practices. But now it has emerged that the affected workers do not have to pay as the firm has decided to drop the case.

This comes after the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) had received various complaints from the temporary workers who were accidentally overpaid by the staffing giant as it had paid the staff 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 were then recently contacted by Randstad and asked to pay back the money with workers potentially having to hand over anything from €1,500 up to €4,700 each.

The trade union argued that Randstad should be held liable for this mistake and not the temporary workers as some would have serious financial difficulties if they were to pay the firm.

In a statement the firm now said that in this “exceptional” case it would no longer charge the temporary employees after having looked into each individual case. But the union still criticised that it was the media attention which triggered the firm to reconsider the case.

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