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Société Générale makes cuts on the back of its lowest paid and most vulnerable employees[edit]

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September 2012, Société Générale makes cuts on the back of its lowest paid and most vulnerable employees: the cleaners[edit]

In September 2012 Members of the union Industrial Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) who clean the London branch in Tower Hill of Société Générale (the bank), have had their hours slashed by 50% effective as of Monday 24th September 2012. This is despite the bank making a smidgen under £2 billion in profits in 2011, and boasting of its “resilience” to the current economic crisis.

The bank predictably claims these cuts are solely to “improve efficiency”, denying that they are cost-cutting. However, a cursory look at their proposals shows otherwise.

These cuts also come on the back of the cleaners recently securing the London Living Wage (LLW) of £8.30 per hour.

The cleaner’s were previously on poverty wages as defined by the Greater London Authority.

Meanwhile, the Chairman and CEO of the bank, Frédéric Oudéa, makes over £1 million a year and claims “to be a responsible employer, conscious of the well-being and professional development of our employees”.

Furthermore, the bank has established the Société Générale UK Group Charitable Trust Fund aimed at “working to tackle any kind of disadvantage suffered by individuals or groups”, although when it comes to those that clean their offices the bank is single-handedly exacerbating the disadvantages suffered by individuals and groups.

In fact, as a result of these cuts the cleaners will be forced from an existence of subsistence to one of terrifying scarcity, poor health, substandard housing and crippling debt. Their salaries will no longer even suffice for certain staple food items.

The cleaners objected to the proposals during every step of the “consultation” process run by Initial Facilities, the subcontractor hired by the bank. However, their objections were ignored.

The cleaner’s then took to the streets staging regular, large scale protests over the course of a month supported by students, activist groups such as Movimiento Ecuador en el Reino Unido (Ecuadorian Movement in the United Kingdom), MPs, and other branches of the labour movement including the rank and file of UNITE, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

As a result of these protests all the cleaners who are members of the IWGB have been suspended.

This contravenes basic employment law and shows Societe Generale's utter contempt for the most vulnerable workers on its premises, the cleaners.

IWGB sources say that the protests will continue until Societe Generale gives the cleaner's back their hours. Public pressure and awareness is also increasing including petitions [1], national media coverage of Societe Generale's rank hypocrisy, growing support from dozens of members of parliament and increased solidarity from many other trade unions and activist groups disgusted by Soc

Societe Generale in English[edit]

Societe Generale directives for translation to its language-services outsourcers (of which my company is one) include, as a rule, removal of the accents, so Société Générale in French; Societe Generale in English. This would require correction throughout the text and even the title, so I would prefer to mark it up for approval rather that wade wholesale through other people's work. (Check for example SocGen's own official publications in English.) KevinOnEarth (talk) 16:14, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

SocGen's policy is a useful point of reference, but of course they don't dictate how the article is titled. Wikipedia has its own naming conventions, which may yield the name as it has been since the article was created, with diacritical marks.
To justify a change, one would need to demonstrate that the proposed name is clearly the most dominant in English language reliable sources - especially in the article's sources and in books and encyclopedias published within the past 25 years or so. Worldbruce (talk) 20:52, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

1990-2009 Denis Robert[edit]

It says he accused and they denied. Doesn't seem Wikipedia worthy.--LedgerTom (talk) 17:56, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

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