Social dumping in France

The nuclear power plant of Flamanville is located in France. The company exploiting the site is EDF (Electricite de France), which is building an EPR reactor (Evolutionary Power Reactor), planned to start working in 2014. EDF subcontracted for this work the company Bouygues construction (which belongs to Bouygues France, a diversified industrial group over 133,000 employees in 80 countries.

Bouygues decided to hire workers for this project through Atlanco Recriutment (multinational temporary works agency, based in Ireland and operating at European level in 8 Member states: Ireland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Romania and the UK). This company belongs to Atlanco Rimec Group, "a leading specialist supplier of labour solutions to many of the largest European contractors and an expert in the mobilization and management of teams of workers within the borders of Europe" ( , based in Ireland and operating in Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and UK.

A large number of posted workers from different Member States hired by the company Atlanco, for the plant in Flamanville were suffering abusive and hazardous life and working conditions and lack of social protection. Despite the intervention of national and European trade unions, abusive working conditions and infringement of EU and national labour and social legislation might be happening.

Posted workers are hired in Poland, by Atlanco (temporary works agency based in Ireland), to be seconded in a third member state (France), and paid through a sister company based in Cyprus. Due to this unclear situation, they are not entitled to social protection neither in France nor in Poland and they do not even know to which Member State the payment of their taxes and social contributions go.

There have been several actions starting in 2009 and leaded by CGT, mainly involving Romanian and Polish workers, denouncing this situation. Last weekend, after a report from the Agency for Nuclear Security was made public highlighting the non-declaration of accidents at work and the irregularities in social contributions, Bouygues broke the contract with Atlanco and more than 70 Polish workers were sent back to Poland.

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