the Minister of Sports seizes the labor inspectorate after the revelations about France 2023

the Minister of Sports seizes the labor inspectorate after the revelations about France 2023

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the Minister of Sports, seized the labor inspectorate on Wednesday about the Public Interest Group (GIP) France 2023, in charge of the organization of the next Rugby World Cup after the revelations of The Team on certain practices within the organizing committee.

The Ministry of Sports reacts to the revelations made in L’Equipe, this Wednesday, about the social climate within the Public Interest Group (GIP) France 2023, in charge of the organization of the next Rugby World Cup. Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra has decided to seize the labor inspectorate “without delay” on “worrying elements”.

In a press release, the ministry also indicates that it has seized the ethics committee of the GIP “to ensure respect for the values ​​which must be the basis of collective work”. Amélie Oudéa-Castéra wants to “shed light” on the situation within GIP France 2023.

The FFR also calls for an investigation

According to L’Equipe, the head of the GIP, Claude Atcher, and his chief of staff, Marie Houzot, reign terror within the organizing committee, with humiliations, insults and a management based on fear. Several employees, current or past, testify anonymously on a daily basis to the treatment reserved for the entire team present on site.

The French Rugby Federation also communicated in the evening, indicating that it wanted to carry out “as soon as possible, a social investigation”. “The FFR joins the State in its desire to shed light on the internal situation”, concludes the federation.

Achter’s “leadership” necessary according to the GIP

The GIP France 2023 also reacted. “The organization of an international event such as the Rugby World Cup implies, de facto, a sustained pace of work within particularly tight deadlines, which are the norm in the events sector”, writes the committee in a statement.

The GIP also highlights the number of employees re-employed by the committee and ensures that “given the challenges of managing such an event, the leadership and authority of Claude Atcher are essential to set and stay the course until ‘at the final close of the Rugby World Cup’.

The press release concludes with an initiative put in place to respond to “the discomfort expressed by certain employees”: a system will see the light of day to “ensure an anonymous and effective collection of testimonies in support of a listening cell accessible by all employees; use an independent committee to deal with any reports received; provide appropriate support to people who express the need for it; and appoint an external and specialized consultant to carry out a diagnosis of the social climate of the organization.”

“The GIP and Claude Atcher must be accountable”

Contacted by RMC Sport, Loïc Hervé, senator from Haute-Savoie, member of the “Qualified personalities” participating in the 2023 General Assembly of France, reacted: “I saw Claude Atcher twice, but I never went to the headquarters of France 2023. I hope that the State will seize it. The least we can do is that now the government intervenes.”

“The GIP and Claude Atcher must be accountable for these problems, it’s really the least we can do, he adds. We need a healthy entity to organize the World Cup which is coming in a year now. I am surprised. After what happened at the Stade de France and the Senate, we should not wait until there are big problems to trigger procedures. “

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