“Ahead of the hearings of the protagonists by the National Assembly committee on September 23, we call for a day of mobilization on September 22,” Suez unions said in a press release on Friday.

For the inter-union, the merger of the company with Veolia puts the group in danger.

This mobilization includes a "call to strike" and another to "gather at 11 am in front of the Engie tower at La Défense (in Paris)," Franck Reinhold von Essen, secretary of the committee, told AFP. European company of the Suez group.

“The current project would lead to the already announced dismantling of two French flagships of industry and service, Suez and Engie.

If Veolia (it) completed, it is 75% of the activities of Suez in France (which employs 29,000 employees) that would immediately be sold to French and foreign players ”, warn the unions in their text .

Received by several deputies

An inter-union delegation also wishes "to go to Matignon the same day in order to submit a request for an appointment with Prime Minister Jean Castex", he added.

"We can not let the shareholders of two or three companies decide, in two or three weeks, the future of these crucial sectors for the French," they explain.

The inter-union also indicates that representatives of Suez employees have been "received" by several deputies and senators "in recent days": Rachid Temal (senator PS), François de Rugy (deputy LREM), Mathilde Panot (deputy France Insoumise ) and Sophie Taillé-Polian (Senator Génération. s).

Veolia's takeover project provides that the latter, which has 90,000 employees worldwide, including a third in France, resells the Suez water branch at the end of its takeover bid to the Meridiam investment fund, in order to avoid find itself in a monopoly situation in this area.

Thursday, Engie declined Veolia's offer, judging that it was "not acceptable as it is".


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