The employees of a factory located in Hirson, in Aisne, of the automotive supplier AML Systems have filed a complaint for endangering the lives of others, believing that the company takes “risks” with their “health In the context of a coronavirus pandemic.
“Despite the goodwill displayed by management in order to implement the barrier gestures, total security does not exist,” said lawyer Ralph Blindauer, on behalf of the CSE, in the complaint.
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“There are many opportunities for transmission of the virus as soon as a working community, without absolute necessity for the Nation or for the economy, is brought to meet”, he adds, judging that “the employer exposes its employees to an immediate risk of death or injury ”. According to him, it is “unacceptable for an employer to take risks with the health of his employees by forcing them to work in a non-essential sector”.
The Laon public prosecutor’s office confirmed on Wednesday that it had received the complaint, and will have to examine whether there are indeed elements constituting the danger in order to open an investigation or not.
” Class struggle “
AML Systems, acquired in 2016 by the Johnson Electric group, designs, produces and markets headlight correctors, lighting actuators and headlamp washer systems for the automotive industry. Solicited by AFP, the management did not wish to make “any comments”.
“The factory is still running […] We hope that this complaint will serve as leverage, that they will come out of denial and close the factory, “said Romain Delhaye, CGT delegate and secretary of the establishment’s Social and Economic Committee. “All of our French customers are closed. “
Around 250 people work on the Hirson site, including some 150 in the production workshops, but, according to him, more and more employees are exercising their right of withdrawal or are on sick leave. “One has the impression of being in a class struggle, all those who can be teleworked, the executives are, and the handlers, with coal”, added Romain Delhaye Delhaye.
The company achieved a turnover of 135 million euros in the 2017-2018 financial year and employs 560 people in France and China, according to the figures available on its site.