French Red Cross Employees Overworked



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In France people work for 35 hours a week. If they work overtime, they have to be adequately compensated.  Even then, they can’t be expected to work for more than 48 hours per week and 10 hours per day.  Health and safety inspectors monitor the working hours of employees.

 The French Red Cross had been found to exceed the limits no fewer than 3,800 times last year for the 480 employees at its Paris headquarters

 The French Red Cross had been slapped a huge sum of up to €11 million (£7.8 million) as fines for violating labour laws and compensation for workers who worked long hours.

 The Red Cross’s justification of dedication of workers to save lives was not accepted.  The Red Cross argued that emergencies occur without warning and so the task force have to be battle ready always.  

The Red Cross which already has a deficit of €5 million (£3.56 million) last year and with its increased activities but reduced donations is facing a financial problem in the slumping French economy.