No Time to Lose: A Search for Work / Life Balance

This sadly seems related… by notimetolose
September 15, 2009, 8:23 am
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Reposted from: euro|topics: A year of crisis (15/09/2009)

Ta Nea – Greece
Privatisation wave partially responsible for suicides
In the last 18 months 23 employees of the privatised telephone company France Télécom have committed suicide. Just last week an employee threw herself to her death after a meeting with her boss. The left-wing daily Ta Nea asks why: “This phenomenon isn’t limited to one company or one country. Data compiled by the US statistics office show that the number of suicides in the workplace in the US has risen by 28 percent [over the previous year]. It would be closing our eyes not to seek the causes of the latest suicide at France Télécom in the government’s desire to transform a traditional state enterprise into a profit-making multinational company at all costs. But even if we did close our eyes we couldn’t help seeing the ongoing trend towards privatisation in Europe, even though it is clear that the liberalisation of the financial markets is what brought the economic crisis down upon our heads.”

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