Suicides, stress and strokes: the daily risks facing France's postal workers

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In 2012 the French post office La Poste agreed to set up a commission to find ways to reduce work-related stress, illness and suicides following its abrupt change of status from state-run enterprise to a limited company funded by the public purse. But today unions and workplace health experts say that many of the group's 260,000 staff are still suffering from the pace of change caused by endless reorganisation. As Rachida El Azzouzi reports, management are now in talks with unions in a bid to solve the problem.

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Workplace health experts have warned the French post office La Poste that constant reorganisations and reduced staffing levels are causing “dramatic” health problems for many of its employees. In an open letter to La Poste's chief executive Philippe Wahl and the government the experts, who were called in by trade unions, say: “La Poste group continues to experience cases of suicide at work, [and] situations of individual distress and open conflict between agents are now frequent.” It adds: “The health and social climate indicators bear witness to a deteriorating situation which … has continued to get worse [since 2012].”