|name:||M. Lamti Hassen|
|experience:||Worker and Union representative in McDonald store in Lyon, France|
The witness was given a 'promotion' in order to undermine his Union sympathies. However, the witness decided to fulfill the given role as rep and highlighted many discrepencies and employee claims to the management.
What followed was a bizarre string of bribes, threats, and underhanded pressures. The witness being harassed and questioned by police on several occasions.
This attempt to discredit the witness failed, and eventually 12 McDonald managers were charged with subverting Union activity after evidence given by employees and through several official inspections.
The gross misconduct of the managers, pressurising employees into identifying the witness as a thief and hoax bomber, underline the extreme anti-union sentiment and policy McDonalds hold.
I am employed at a McDonalds store in Lyon, France.
In 1990 I was promoted to the post of zone manager, a position I occupy today.
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Some months after my becoming rep, the restaurant employees brought to my attention a number of problems in the company around working conditions and payslips. I then informed the manager who responded that I should not pay too much regard to these.
Some of the problems, amongst others:
The management refused to take notice of these serious problems, and I decided to circulate a petition amongst the employees.
A supervisor called me to a meeting in his ofice, and told me to stop circulating the petition or I would be sacked. My reaction was that I had nothing to lose and that I had to take action during my period of employment. I then decided to set up a branch of the CFDT at the company and in doing so received great support by the employees.
In October 1992, CFDT designated me as the representative/steward. Some time after this, the McDonalds Lyon region franchiser Michel Antolinos phoned me and told me to attend a meeting the next morning at 8 o'clock at his office (GIE POMA, 104 rue Tronchet 6900 Lyon). I was accompanied at the meeting by an employee from societe VILPAIX to help me. The subject of the meeting was my designation as union rep. Mr Antolinos asked me why I wanted to be a union rep and I responded that I wished to allow the employees to be represented and have their voices heard. At this point, he proposed that I consider the possibility of material rewards for renouncing my trade union involvement.
He proposed that:
I told him that I was not interested and that I only wished to continue working at McDonalds and stay as a union rep to help resolve the serious problems confronted by the employees. Upon hearing my refusal he told me to take three days to think about it and that if I still persisted with my activities, all hopes of promotion for me would be gone and in effect, there would be confrontation between us. Following this, my working conditions changed fundamentally. My keys to the cashtill and stockrooms were confiscated and I was asked to carry out tasks incompatible with the job of a zone manager. These tasks were carried out under difficult, stressful and degrading conditions.
I was questioned by the police and held in custody before being let go due to lack of proof. Following a hold-up at the restaurant, an employee accused me of being involved. I was questioned and held in custody before the employee retracted the accusation stating that he was pressured by the management to denounce me. I then made an official complaint about this libellous denunciation.
The aim of all these accusations was to have me criminally convicted so that I could no longer continue as works representative/delegate, as this requires a clean criminal record. All this was due to my involvement with the trade union.
Following evidence to the police by fifty employees and numerous work inspections, a criminal proceeding was undertaken to investigate 12 managers of the Lyon region McDonalds.
As for my working conditions, nothing has changed in the attitude of the management. The only thing was that in August of 1994 after two years and repeated requests, they gave me 2 new uniforms in my size.
(trans. Suna Scutcher 12/11/95)
Further points which M. Lamti intends to make:
(noted Dave Morris 8/11/95. Agreed Lamti Hassen)
|date signed:||November 8th, 1995|
|status:||Appeared in court|
exhibits: Not applicable/ available
transcripts of court appearances: