Twin Suicides Rattle French Disney

Union links deaths to 'humiliating' working conditions
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2010 2:10 AM CDT
Twin Suicides Rattle French Disney
Unions say both suicides of French Disney employees were linked to "humiliating" working conditions.   (AP Photo/Sylvain Cambon/Disney/HO)

Two employee suicides linked to "humiliating" working conditions have rattled France Disney and sparked an investigation. A manager hanged himself at his home just weeks after a company cook threw himself in front of a train. The Disney manager told colleagues before his death that he wanted out of his job because he was overwhelmed by demands to "increase figures with fewer resources," according to union representatives.

Disneyland officials have denied the deaths were directly linked to work, but have launched an investigation. Suicides linked to work stress appear to be on the rise in France where some 44 France Telecom workers have taken their own lives since 2008, notes the Independent. The company is being investigated for manslaughter charges after French officials determined working conditions may have been responsible for some of the deaths.
(More France Disney stories.)

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