the paper maker Stora Enso will have to compensate 186 former employees – Liberation


While their factory closed in 2014, employees were finally “entitled to compensation for dismissal without real and serious cause,” said the Douai Court of Appeal on Thursday. A decision that overturns a first judgment in 2017 favorable to the Swedish-Finnish paper group.

It took almost eight years. But social justice has been done for the employees of the Stora Enso paper mill. The Douai Court of Appeal ruled that the dismissal in 2014 of 186 employees from the site which was located in Corbehem (Pas-de-Calais) was “Devoid of real and serious cause” and ordered the company to pay them compensation, employee lawyer Fyodor Rilov announced on Thursday. The dismissal “For economic reasons of an employee” cannot intervene “That when all training and adaptation efforts have been made and the reclassification of the person concerned cannot be carried out in the company or in the companies of the group”, can we read in the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Douai rendered on December 17.

However, she said, the Swedish-Finnish group Stora Enso did not provide “Proof of compliance with its obligations under reclassification”, of which “It follows that the dismissal is devoid of real and serious cause”. Thus, employees, who had more than two years of seniority, have “The right to compensation for dismissal without real and serious cause” Who “Cannot be less than the last six months of salary”. On this point, it reversed the first judgment rendered in May 2017.

“There are allowances, we are not going to spit on them, we are going to take them. But the first thing is to say that we made them bend. What matters above all is that we recognize an unfair dismissal. Because Stora Enso did not do things properly ”, reacted to France Blue Jean Ricordeau, at the head of the association of former employees. Asked by AFP, the group was not immediately reachable.

New success for lawyer Fyodor Rilov

The factory was specialized in the manufacture of coated paper or glossy paper, used for the manufacture of catalogs and in advertising. The company, founded in 1920, even had the largest machine in existence, with a capacity of 330,000 tonnes per year. During a previous plan to safeguard employment, in 2006, 450 people out of a workforce of 900 had already left. The 334 employees who remained in 2014 were laid off, two years after Stora Enso announced its intention to sell its factory in Corbehem, near Douai, as part of a major restructuring plan. In the absence of a serious buyer, the site closed in 2014. Symbol of the restructuring of brownfields, the Brebières site has notably given way to a 67,000 m² warehouse for the benefit of ID Logistics, which will work for Amazon.

This judgment of the Douai Court of Appeal is also a new success for the lawyer Fyodor Rilov. A specialist in legal fights in favor of workers, he defended employees of General Electric, Cargill, Continental, Goodyear and even Bridgestone. “This victory of those who lost their jobs after having put their papermaking know-how for decades at the service of the prosperity of the giant Stora Enso, is a further demonstration of the possibility of leading victorious battles against multinationals”, Me Rilov reacted.


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