A new frontier in stupidity from, where else, a trade union
The CFE-CGC is a French trade union confederation which ''only organizes unions for professional employees, with higher education and/or in management or executive positions". Source.
So, unlikely to be crimson in its politics, yes? Further digging indicates that its head, Bernard Van Craeynest is linked to what was the Parti Republicain, which has since morphed into Démocratie libérale and thence into Sarko's Union pour la Majorité Présidentielle. Let's say that places him somewhere between sensible Lib Dem and wet Tory.
Anyway, enough of the background, and onto the mind-boggling stupidity:
"The CFE-CGC wants a “very heavy tax” on those companies where suicides of employees are recorded , with these treated like industrial accidents.
At the moment France is agog at an apparent wave of suicides at France Télécom, although even the most half hearted data mining has shown that the rate of suicide among employees is entirely in line with the sad statistical norms for age cohorts and the like.
Having stared into the abyss on a few occasions myself, I am not going to be making light of suicide. However, I would think that were this tax to come to pass, the first consequence would be a great deal of intrusive questioning of the family and colleagues of the deceased, and secondly widows / widowers playing up the stresses of work and so on in pursuit of a pay out.