The trial of several companies for the unlawful use of employees on the site of the EPR nuclear reactor at Flamanville begins before the criminal court of Cherbourg.

Lawyer representing the construction division of French conglomorate Bouygues, Philippe Goossens (Centre) speaks with colleagues ahead of a court hearing in Cherbourg , northwestern France on March 10, 2015. The trial involving the employing of some 460 undeclared foreign workers by several companies including constuction giant BTP Bouygues TP at the construction site of the EPR reactor, opened in Cherbourg on March 10, 2015. (Photo credit CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)


10 March 2015 Google Translation

Originally scheduled for October 21 to 23, the trial was postponed because one of the companies involved had not been contacted by the French courts. The case, which relates to the illegal employment of 460 Polish and Romanian workers in Flamanville between June 2008 and October 2012, including the problem of "posted workers" in the EU.

Work concealed illegal loan labor and bargaining

Bouygues, which is in charge of the civil engineering construction of the EPR, its subsidiary and the keel Welbond armatures are charged with "use the services of an undertaking carrying undeclared work, illegal loan labor and haggling. "

"We challenge the offenses but we reserve our explanations to the court of Cherbourg," said Pierre Cornut-Gentille, Bouygues Construction lawyer. The international agency acting Atlanco, based in Cyprus , and the Romanian construction company Elco continued for "clandestine work, concealment of employees, illegal loan labor and bargaining" for about 163 Polish workers and Atlanco 297 Romanian workers to Elco.

Several million in unpaid social contributions

The penalties can reach 225,000 euros fine, the French government being able to claim his side several million euros in unpaid payroll taxes. Atlanco the company has already been convicted in February 2014 by the Council of Cherbourg tribunal to pay six months' salary to 59 Polish workers.

After numerous delays at the EPR reactor in Flamanville, the site has already been marred by various irregularities and work accidents, including one fatal, commissioning is scheduled for 2017.



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