Workless workers’ decades on French councils payroll

Thirty-two council workers in just one department are still being paid years after their jobs disappeared.

The staff, such as water workers and binmen, mostly lost their jobs in the 1990s but they are costing councils in the Var €1million a year.

Their pay ranges from €5,484 a year for a part-time care worker to €29,624 for a technician.

Now a law passing through parliament aims to end the strange situation of council workers without jobs being paid to do nothing for years.

Officially described as “momentarily deprived of work”, some local authority workers are paid for decades ...

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