France Telecom to cut suicides by letting older staff work part-time

France Telecom plans to allow older staff to work part-time in a bid to stop a string of suicides at the firm.

The telecommunications giant – which has seen 25 employees commit suicide since 2008 – has already suspended a restructuring plan and is now considering letting staff aged over 57 work part-time under a stress-reduction programme.

The part-time positions would be made available to staff who felt working full-time was endangering their health.

Gervais Pellissier, the financial director, said the measure would cost an estimate €1bn, the Times reported.

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