Employees of Eugen Systems on strike Posted on 15/02/2018
We relay below the statement written by our fellow strikers Paris studio Eugen Systems. Act of Strike
On February 14, 2018, we, 21 employees of Eugen Systems, decided to go on strike. At this time we might be tempted to say that we preferred to flatter the loved one instead of returning, as it should, to our workplace. It is not so, even if we are animated by a certain passion which it is on the other hand tinged with fury.
It has now been nearly fifteen months since we have been discussing with management serious violations of our rights. Like anyone else in our place, we assumed that dialogue, arguments and reason would be more effective than direct confrontation. After all an employer should be able to understand that the law is what it is, and that it is legitimate for its employees to demand that it be applied, including to their advantage. In front of the wall that was opposed to us during the first six months of negotiations, we were forced to call on a lawyer to remind the law of our employer. Remember that minimum wages are not subject to negotiation and that neither our qualification, nor our employment contract nor the law is more so. Requests that are far from the unacceptable. For any answer we had promises, "everything will be settled" we were told. Naive as we are, we believed it.
More naïve still, we continued to believe many more months, but the morning of February 14 we went to evidence that no longer escaped many people: too much is too much.
Arriving at the office, each of us was able to discover several mails on his professional box: first a collective mail telling us that our overtime, unpaid until now, a subject of litigation since the beginning, n ' would have been absent from our payslips only through the fault of our two successive payroll managers. In short, what we presented as an infringement of our rights is now presented to us as an administrative error. Thus, our gross salary has decreased to justify our overtime without regulating us by one cent. Even though these new gross wages are regarded as several employees below legal minimums.
In addition, a number of employees were told in another email that the conditions specifically mentioned in their employment contract, as well as in the collective agreement, were not recognized as legitimate by management. The latter justifies in this respect not to attribute to them the grades, salaries and associated benefits. What a joy for example for a developer bac +4 with several years of experience and an engineer position, than to arrive one morning and see that he now has the status and the rank of technician, with a salary that will together.
This new leak in front of the management has set fire to the powder: the refusal to pay us as required by law, and faced with the obvious lack of consideration for the value of our work, we arrived at the conclusion that, to be heard, we had no option but to go on strike.
We did not want the conflict, and we were even ready to accept a number of compromises. But faced with such a lack of respect, all we have to do is use our most fundamental rights which, if we do not solve all the problems we face, will, hopefully, have the merit of to draw the attention of players, public opinion or elected officials to the catastrophic situation of the industry for which we work.
Striking employees of Eugen Systems who, if it is necessary to call him back, are not NPCs