France Telecom signs global labour rights deal

21st December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 21, 2006 (AFP) - France Telecom signed an agreement Thursday with trade unions covering basic labour rights for its 200,000 staff, of whom 80,000 work in 170 countries outside France, union sources said.

PARIS, Dec 21, 2006 (AFP) - France Telecom signed an agreement Thursday with trade unions covering basic labour rights for its 200,000 staff, of whom 80,000 work in 170 countries outside France, union sources said.

Under the agreement, the company refuses to be involved with forced labour and work by, or exploitation of, children, to combat discrimination, to be vigilant about health and safety at the workplace, and to respect trade union freedoms and social dialogue.

The company also committed itself to providing opportunities for staff to be appointed to posts internationally on a voluntary basis, to have access to training, the right to paid holidays, flexibility of work schedules, the principle of fair pay and of equal pay between men and women.

The company also undertook to plan ahead for any restructuring and to make arrangements to minimise as much as possible the effects on employment.

The director for international social (labour) relations at the company, Laurent Zylberberg, told afp: "These are principles, values which are common throughout the group. It is the minimum basis which is common to all of the companies in the group. Afterwards, some of them will do more."

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