'Without papers, there are no 2024 Olympic Games', say workers

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Dozens of workers blocked the construction works of a olympic sports center in the north of Paris to require contracts and residence permits in France.

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Around 120 workers entered the construction site at 7:00 local time and said they planned to stay until their demands were met.

About twenty of the strikers declared that they are working on the construction of the Porte de la Chapelle Arena, which will host the competitions. badminton and gym of the 2024 Olympic Games. The others stated that they worked in similar conditions on construction sites throughout the city.

Paris 2024 organizers promised the Games would be inclusive and socially responsible, and signed a social charter with unions and business organizations in 2019.

However, Arnaud de Riviere de la Mure, a union member of the National Confederation of Workers-Worker Solidarity (CNT-SO), criticized the conditions at the Olympic works.

"As usual in construction, there is a chain of subcontractors and in this chain there is misery and exploitation"he stated, speaking over the wall from inside the occupied works.

All workers involved in the action have been informally employed as subcontractors by Bouygues Construction, which could not immediately be reached by email or phone.

Contacted, the organizers of Paris 2024 They said they are collaborating with labor inspection to ensure the protection of all those who work at the Olympic facilities.

Workers require their employer to provide them with documents that allow them to obtain legal residency and work permits. "Without papers, there are no Olympic Games"said the strikers' statement.


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