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Two Enedis agents in police custody after a cutting action in the Dordogne


Two trade unionists were taken into custody after an unauthorized power cut in a Seveso classified factory in the Dordogne

Two Enedis agents placed in police custody as part of an investigation into the endangering of the lives of others after a cut - ALLILI MOURAD / SIPA

  • Two Enedis agents were placed in police custody on Wednesday after a cut-off action against the pension reform.
  • Their arrest took place as part of an investigation for endangering the life of others after a cut in a factory classified Seveso.
  • A support rally was organized in front of the gendarmerie of Neuvic, in the Dordogne.

This Wednesday, two trade unionists agents of Enedis (ex-ERDF) in Dordogne were arrested and placed in police custody within the framework of an investigation into a “wild” cut of electricity, on January 10, in a company of the department classified Seveso. An action carried out in the context of the protest against the pension reform. The information was confirmed by the Périgueux and Enedis prosecution.

The two agents were placed in police custody Wednesday morning at the gendarmerie of Neuvic as part of an investigation for "endangering the life of others", it was said to the prosecution of Périgueux without more precision. In a tweet, Céline Boussié, deputy secretary general of the House of whistleblowers, gave support to those arrested.

2 agents of enedis # Périgueux were arrested this morning very early, including 1 in front of his children. They are on GAV, suspected of having cut #RetraiteParPoints @FNMECGT.
Support for comrades. Stop the criminalization of union action. @CCastaner resignation

- Céline Boussié (@StopOmerta) January 22, 2020

The investigation followed a complaint by the company Neuvic Interspray (which packages cosmetics, aerosols, lacquers), after a cut that had lasted three hours on January 10, according to Enedis, who also filed a complaint.

A support rally

The two agents, members of CGT-Energie, were arrested for one of them at least at his home, assured AFP Francis Dezile, secretary general of CGT Energie-Dordogne. About sixty people, mainly CGT unionists but also FO, were gathered at midday on Wednesday in front of the Neuvic gendarmerie in support of their two colleagues, he said. He added that a new cut had been made this Wednesday morning in the same company "in solidarity" with the two arrested.

Francis Dezile was not able to confirm whether these police custody were a first for power cuts, but he denounced a "sacred change of method" and a treatment of trade unionists "as delinquents". "It is a repressive response instead of a political response to questions about pension reform," he said. We are put on the same level as thugs, while we are employees who fight against this reform. "

Disciplinary sanctions envisaged

The regional director of Enedis for northern Aquitaine (including the Dordogne), Thierry Gibert, indicated that he did not want to presage the investigation, but will be "very attentive" to the results of it, and reserves the right to " initiate disciplinary proceedings which may go as far as dismissal ", for what he described as" serious facts ". He said that this placement in custody of Enedis agents following the recent cuts was a first on the South West network, but was not able to confirm it at the national level.

Enedis, reaffirmed Thierry Gibert "respects of course the right to strike", but firmly condemns "acts such as savage cuts, likely to create dangerous situations", and "will file a complaint systematically". The regional office, which covers Gironde, Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne, has thus filed 34 complaints since the beginning of December, he stressed.


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  • Justice

Source: 20minf

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