November 30, 2021

“Still under pressure”, undocumented workers occupy their companies in Paris

A dozen undocumented workers went on strike at the Manpower agency in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, Monday, October 25, 2021. (© MAM / news Paris)

“Do you know how you recognize an undocumented worker in a company? He’s the one who never says no. »Monday 25 October 2021, 200 undocumented workers have started a strike movement and occupy seven sites in Paris et en Ile-de-France. Among these pickets is the agency Manpower close to the Lyon station.

“Not having your papers means being under constant pressure”

They are a dozen to hold the picket line in the Manpower agency of the 12th district. Among them, Dia Abdoulaye. At 29, he is fighting to be regularized in France. “Not having your papers is to be under constant pressure”, he delivers, weary.

Under pressure lest the patron send you back overnight but also be paralyzed by the fear of being arrested by the police and “having to return to Senegal overnight ”, while the young man has been building his life here since 2017.

With a salary ranging between 1,200 euros and 2,000 euros net, Dia Abdoulaye aspires to more serenity. “Do you know how you recognize an undocumented worker in a company? He’s the one who never says no, ”he says, without any irony.

Versatile and precarious

At his side, another striker abounds. “We are versatile and mobile. We can be sent to construction, catering or logistics companies, ”he lists.

They are a dozen to strike Monday, October 25, 2021 in the Manpower agency in Paris.
They are a dozen to strike Monday, October 25, 2021 in the Manpower agency in Paris. (© MAM / news Paris)

“We are good employees, always available and never sick. “Because” if we do not work, we are on the street “and that in the event of an accident at work, the risk of denunciation exists. Dia Abdoulaye’s colleague grits his teeth and ensures that in the event of an injury, he does not say a word. “You have to endure the pain because otherwise you don’t have any compensation so you can’t pay your rent or help your family,” he says.

“We pay our taxes like everyone else, we want to participate and help the development of France. We are not here to screw up the mess, we just want to have papers to regain confidence in ourselves, ”continues Dia Abdoulaye.

18 pending regularization files

From the reception of the agency, Marie-Odile Bonnet, general secretary of the CGT Manpower explains that currently, 18 regularization files have been being processed for months.

Everything takes an infinite amount of time when these workers have been here for years and have to support their families. We are not there just to enrich the capital, we must also give change and rights to these women and men.

Marie-Odile BonnetGeneral Secretary of CGT Manpower

This Monday evening, new naturalization files will be submitted to the police headquarters by the CGT. With the hope of a positive outcome, and a little peace.

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