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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Christophe Alévêque. Travailler plus pour mourir plus.

by Christophe Alévêque

Work More to Die More

Translated Saturday 14 May 2011, by Gene Zbikowski and reviewed by Henry Crapo

Work more to die more.

Stress, restructuring, pressure, outsourcing, and so many reasons that may explain these tragedies. Competitiveness! It is necessary to be competitive. The former president of France Télécom can be proud, with 29 suicides in 18 months, he is the market leader.

But he is not alone, that would mean not counting the domino effect: suicides at Renault, at the public works directorate, at the unemployment benefits office and at the postal service (but not as many, so we should get busy modernizing the postal service?).

If one adds to all those the 30 suicides in prison since the beginning of the year, you get a grand total. I don’t remember who said: “It’s by the state of its prisons that one judges the state of a country. If he is right, then we’re in bad shape.

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