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Disney Resort Hit by Staff Suicides

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Times Online: Staff at Disneyland Paris, the most popular tourist attraction in Europe, are considering industrial action to improve their working conditions after the suicides of three employees since the start of the year.

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Guy-Bruno Mboe, leader of a Disneyland union, has blamed the latest two deaths on "brutal" working conditions. "It's all about profit, profit, profit," said Mboe. "The combination of fewer staff and demands for more productivity just pushed this poor man over the edge."

The directors of the resort denied that the suicide of an employee in his home on March 26 had anything to do with his working conditions. They complained of a union attempt to exploit the tragedy.

The man was identified only as Franck L, a 37-year-old father of four and restaurant manager at Disneyland. He hanged himself on the day he was supposed to return to work after holidays and sick leave.
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Another Disneyland restaurant worker had thrown himself in front of a train five weeks earlier. At the beginning of February an employee had committed suicide for what the company called "personal reasons". After being sacked, another worker recently threatened to kill himself in the theme park.

According to Mboe, the restaurant manager had told colleagues he wanted to leave his job "because of having to work more and more with less and less means".

The company has said that it will investigate the "possible factors of stress or harassment".

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Megan P April 5, 2010, 3:38 PM

“The happiest place on earth” takes on a whole new meaning. I guess it’s not so happy after all. Shame.

Arisma April 5, 2010, 4:11 PM

This, to me, is just indicative of the way corporations view employees, and people in general. If you’re not generating them income, they don’t care. Once a job was a contract between worker and employer with a mutual goal of doing well for both. It hasn’t been like that for a long, long time. We went to Disney not too long ago and loved it, but knowing some people who work there definitely tempered my view of its ‘perfection’.

Mad boomer April 5, 2010, 10:51 PM

The Magic kingdom has had a big problem a long time. This is reflective of the rest of the country and the slavery to corporations. Suicide is not the answer, walking away is.

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