The former secretary general of the CGT (1999-2013), who sits on the organizing committee for the Olympic Games, has to date counted 164 accidents on all Olympic construction sites in France, including 25 serious.
Four times fewer work accidents were recorded on the construction sites of the 2024 Olympic Games than on comparable construction sites, estimates the former leader of the CGT, Bernard Thibault, involved in the organizing committee of the Olympic Games, in an interview published. Sunday in the daily Ouest-France.
The participation of unions in the organization of the Olympic Games is a “world first”, according to him, recalling that “the social question was not one of the concerns of previous editions”.
Legal action against the CGC group
The former general secretary of the CGT (1999-2013), who sits on the organizing committee for the Olympic Games and represents the signatories of the social charter, has to date counted 164 accidents on all Olympic Games construction sites in France. , including 25 serious cases. With a death on a wastewater treatment plant site, but which was not “legally an Olympic site”.
“When we relate these figures to the hours worked, there were four times fewer accidents on an Olympic construction site than on comparable construction sites in France,” explains Bernard Thibault, even if “this is still too much of course.”
The former union official also mentioned the case of illegal or undocumented workers, “omnipresent on construction sites in France”, with between one and five undocumented workers for every 50 workers on a construction site.
For the Paris Olympics, the organizing committee obtained a labor inspection mission, which gave rise to reports, and at least one legal action against one company, the CGC group.
“We are far from the ideal but there has been progress”
The French example should make it possible to “force the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to better recognize the rights of workers in the organizing country”, underlines Bernard Thibault. Who says he is “in contact with the organizers of the (next) Los Angeles Olympics and the next Football World Cup”. “We are far from the ideal but there has been progress,” he adds.
Asked about the risks of strikes, he believes that “if we know how to anticipate, there is no reason to carry out strikes under the pretext that there would be an Olympic Games in France”. “They will not be a target as such,” he adds.
The hearing before the Bobigny industrial tribunal, where ten former undocumented immigrants took construction giants to court to have their work recognized on the Olympic sites, has just been postponed until March 2024. It mainly pits the workers against to each other. from Mali to construction giants like Eiffage or Spie Batignolles, including eight subcontracting companies.