source : l’Energeek.fr
On the 7th of November, Caen Appeals Court opened the second act of the trial of Bouygues Travaux Publics.
Bouygues TP and Keel (since renamed Bouygues West Grand Building), two subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction, and the company Nantes Welbond fittings, are accused of having used between 2008 and 2012, the services of the international temp agency Atlanco and Romanian construction company Elco, who are themselves accused of illegal employment. Between 460 and 500 employees-including 163 Poles and 297 Romanians – were victims, according to prosecutors of Cherbourg trial, which took place in 2015.
At Cherbourg in the first act of the trial, Bouygues TP was sentenced to 25,000 euro fine when the prosecution had requested 150,000 euros. Atlanco was sentenced in absence, to 70,000 euro fine. Elco was sentenced to 40,000 euro fine, Welbond 15,000 euros and Bouygues subsidiary, Keel, 5,000 euros.
But it was far from the requisitions of the prosecutor. According to Mr Flavien Jorquera, lawyer of the CGT Construction union and also civil party to the case : “This fine is derisory and is a push-to-crime and unworthy because we feel lost between payroll taxes and unpaid wages, there’s a loss of 11.3 million euros.”
In France, illegal work is evaluated at more than 6.1 billion euros. The amount of recovery against illegal work increased by 25% in 2015.
Julie Mycke, IEJ 3F