Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Guy , a little stupid … A document causes a discomfort to the SNCF, Le Figaro

A document surprising was found, “forgotten” in an office of the gare Saint-Lazare in Paris… We find the name of about 25 agents of the SNCF, as well as information such as their behavior or their political opinions.

Curious methods of management, to the train station SNCF de Paris Saint-Lazare. The new yorker reveals today a document as unusual, that damning, that was not meant to be known… and especially not by the employees of the SNCF concerned. What is it? A handwritten document discovered by the unions CGT and Sud-Rail there are fifteen days, in an office of the train station. You can read 25 names of officers of the departure – whose task is to give the green light for trains to the closing of the doors – as well as several information about them.

Problem: this information far exceed those typically found in a CV. “King of the clouds”, “riff-raff low ceiling”, “work okay but not wow”, “stupid”, “just at the end of the campaign”, “hated by the team”, “prayer at local… without inconvenience to the other”, “cafte the other”… but also elements relating to their private life: married, single, just broke up. There are added some additional information without any real interest, such as “a little bitch”, “partier”, or “a little unstable”. All the ingredients to paint a portrait full of agents… and it is too complete for the unions.

Through a mail, the management of SNCF has sent his apologies the next day of discovery – November 14, last – to all officers of the Saint-Lazare train station. “This list, probably written a year ago when the transfer of power between two leaders of the vicinity, contains about inappropriate, unjustified and contrary to the charter of ethics of the company (…) an investigation has been initiated”, wrote Renaud Mermilliod, leader of operational unit for the station of Paris Saint Lazare.

True method of management or lonely?

After such a discovery, the question now is whether this practice is a minority or if it is more widespread. Interviewed by The new yorker, South Rail refers in particular to the existence of the “same kind of sheets” found on the area of Cergy, written by another hand. The case date of 2013, and the HSC – that had gripped the sheets at the time – was not considered illegal content… Whatever it is, the case of Saint-Lazare has caused a pandemonium at the SNCF: the organization has launched the 17th of November, an ethics investigation is independent and organized group meetings with the concerned team. The key to this, interviews with human resources, and psychological support. As for the two officers affected by this filing, they have been removed from the service.

This is not the first time a case of data collection of employees broke out. A few months ago, a part of the RATP, had asked for accounts to his employees on their agents. Last April, it is Sanofi, which had to defend itself to spy on its employees at its site in Gentilly, with chips geolocation to track the movement of each employee. In 2013, Ikea France who had been accused of monetizing the files of the police or mobile operators in order to know all of his employees. Among the firms also involved in similar cases, we also have a France Télévisions, Fedex, or Lufthansa…

Collection of information about the employees: what the law says

What will happen? The article L1222-1 of the labour Code provides that the “work contract” must be executed in good faith. On the one hand, the employee should be expressly informed, prior to their implementation, the methods and techniques of vocational evaluation implemented in relation to her. The obtained results are confidential (L1222-3). On the other hand, no information regarding a personal employee may not be collected by a device that has not been brought previously to the attention of the employee (L1222-4). Finally, the information requested, under any form whatsoever, to an employee may not have as a purpose to appreciate her professional skills (L1222-2).

“The law” computing and freedoms states that the assessments must be relevant, adequate and not excessive, explained to the Figaro.fr Master Eric Rocheblave, a lawyer specialized in Labour law. The information must be purely objective. The employer must ensure to prevent subjective comments, and extremist see offensive appear there. The CNIL is very vigilant on the content areas comments and, if necessary, punish the abusive behaviours. Penalties may range from a public warning, as it did recently with an organization specialized in homework help, up to a financial penalty.”

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