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PARIS (Reuters) - French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde on Sunday called for bosses at France Telecom to meet urgently to tackle a wave of suicides at the former state monopoly.
Unions called for the state to step in after another employee killed herself on Friday. A union source said the 32-year-old woman had jumped from a fourth floor window after an office meeting.
Her death brought the number of suicides to 22 since the start of 2008, according to a website set up by unions. There have also been 13 attempted suicides. The site says there are no official statistics, either from the company or elsewhere.
Unions blame tough management methods at the multinational, which was privatised in 1998.
But France Telecom says the rate of suicides is statistically not unusual for a company with a 100,000 workforce.
According to the World Health Organization, France had an annual suicide rate of 26.4 for 100,000 men in 2008. The rate for women was 9.2 suicides per 100,000.
It points out that in the year 2000 there were 28 suicides in the company - a figure which it says is statistically not unusual.
a knife into his own stomach during a meeting
"If I commit suicide or if I die in a car accident in the next three months or so, you will know the threats were serious, because I am not feeling at all suicidal and I drive very slowly."
Xavier Niel, the founder of Iliad, a young broadband firm which has upended Frances internet-access market and wants to do the same for mobile telephony, says he is prepared for any attempts at intimidation
Originally posted by Ridhya
reply to post by Unmask The Deception
There is a huuuuuge difference between everyday work stress and 'to the edge' work stress, with a bigger difference of that and suicidal stress, and a HUGE difference between suicidal stress and stab-yourself-in-the-damn-stomach stress!!!
There is a reason workers, 90% of restaurant people, smoke, and drink, problems away it is stressful, but whens the last time you ever saw a suicide at your work, even on the WORST day, let alone DOZENS of suicides, let alone KNIFE STABBING suicide?!
Its insane how non-coincidental it is.
Forty years ago designers and engineers accidentally discovered
that under special conditions normal features of the physiology of sight could cause a mental break...
... The Cubicle was designed to deal with this problem and stopped the mental events after 1968.
Subliminal Distraction arises from normal features of physiology taught in first-semester college psychology. Two of those features form a "conflict in the physiology of sight." You can successfully ignore distracting movement in peripheral vision but you can't stop "subliminally seeing" it.
There are no "off switches" for the sensor cells on the rods and cones in your retina. If stimulus reaches them neural impulses go to your brain no matter what you are doing.
When you learn to ignore distracting movement in peripheral vision, the expected startle will stop but the subliminal functioning of the reflex system prevents you becoming aware of your brain's continued efforts to warn you of threat-movement.
Those neural impulses and your brain's efforts to form a startle and vision reflex are a Subliminal Distraction.
When you create the "special circumstances" so that the startle is attempted many times each hour, for several hours daily, and for many days, the subliminal appreciation of threat eventually colors thought and reason.
A FRANCE Telecom worker has jumped to his death from a highway overpass, leaving a note blaming pressures at the firm which has seen 24 suicides among its staff in under two years.
The 51-year-old father of two, from Annecy in the French Alps, jumped onto a busy highway during the morning rush hour yesterday, according to regional authorities.
"He left a letter to his wife explaining that it was the work environment in his company that pushed him to act," said the prefecture.
A France Telecom spokesman confirmed one of its employees had committed suicide, saying chief executive Didier Lombard was on his way to the Annecy call centre, where the victim worked.