Paris 2024 Gets Support From Five Trade Unions With Social Charter

Paris 2024 signed an agreement Monday with the five main trade union organizations in France that are officially supporting Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tony Estanguet, Bernard Lapasset and the five leaders of the trade unions who are supporting Paris’ candidature for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games along with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Emmanuelle Assmann, President of the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (Paris 2024 Photo)

Tony Estanguet, Bernard Lapasset and the five leaders of the trade unions who are supporting Paris’ candidature for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games along with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Emmanuelle Assmann, President of the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (Paris 2024 Photo)

The French bid says the agreement reinforces the strong unity behind the project and highlights Paris 2024’s ambition to organize a Games for all France.

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Bid leaders Bernard Lapasset and Tony Estanguet joined union leaders in Paris to commit to a wide-ranging Social Charter that will unite all aspects of French society behind the staging of the Games.  The bid committee says the fact that five trade unions have come together in support of Paris 2024 is another indicator of the significance and value being placed on Paris’ 2024 candidature for the 2024 Games within wider French society.

Key charter commitments include:

  • Establishing socially exemplary governance and organisation structures;
  • Placing the quality of employment and working conditions at the heart of the economic impact of the Games;
  • Promoting the development of skills and the security of career paths for employees and committed volunteers;
  • Making sport, through the organisation of the Games, an engine of solidarity and social development.

The charter comprises 16 commitments involving the organizing committee as well as other companies and public authorities that will be mobilized behind the Games.  The commitments include establishing socially exemplary governance and organization structures, placing the qualify of employment and working conditions at the heart of the economic impact of the Games, promoting the development of skills and the security of career paths for employees and committed volunteers, and making sport, through the organization of the Games, an engine of solidarity and social development.

Paris 2024 says these commitments will be applied once the Host City decision is made by the international Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 13, and will be implemented through a robust operational plan and will monitor and measure the Games’ positive impact on the workers of France.

The Social Charter was signed by:

  • Bernard Lapasset, Co-Chair of Paris 2024
  • Tony Estanguet, Co-Chair of Paris 2024
  • Philippe Martinez, General Secretary of the General Confederation of Labour (CGT)
  • Jean-Claude Mailly, Secretary General of Force Ouvrière (CGT-FO)
  • Laurent Berger, General Secretary of the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT)
  • Alain Giffard, General Secretary of the French Confederation of Management – General Confederation of Managers (CFE-CGC)
  • Bernard Sagez, Secretary General of the French Confederation of Christian Workers (CFTC)

(Source: Paris 2024)

Co-Chair of Paris 2024 Bernard Lapasset said “this social charter, signed by Paris 2024 with the five main employee unions, is further proof of the unifying power of our project.”

“We need them, their experience and their expertise to deliver a spectacular celebration of sport.”

“This charter also illustrates our social ambition for Paris 2024 – we want exemplary and purposeful Games that positively impact society long after the competition has come to a close; Games that leave a lasting legacy for the greatest number of people in France.”

Laurent Berger, General Secretary of the French Democratic Labour Confederation said “the CFDT has decided to support the candidature of Paris for the organisation of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with the intention of making it an exemplary project.”

“The Games will be an opportunity to invest in areas that are sometimes neglected, to develop employment and to create new infrastructures for sectors such as transport and leisure.”

“The CFDT has given its support so that the candidature of Paris carries with it a true social ambition. The Social Charter testifies to this ambition. If we are awarded the Games, we will work to ensure that this Charter is implemented in practice.”

Los Angeles is competing with Paris to host the 2024 Games and the host city will be announced in Lima, Peru on September 13.

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