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Screening and Debate: Labor Rights at the Core of the Paris Olympic Games 2024

Thursday, March 28, 2024 16:45-19:00

As part of the “Thursday’s at the French Institute” programme, we invite you to the screening of a documentary film on the Social Charter of the Paris 2024 Games and the fulfillment of its commitments. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Nicolas Garier, the director of the documentary.

Institut français de Finlande
yrjönkatu 36 00100 Helsinki

The organization of the Olympic Games requires a lot of manpower, but have the workers’ rights always been taken into consideration during the preparations?

This documentary shows the unexpected yet historic links between the Olympic movement and the International Labour Organization (ILO). It traces the unique nature of the social commitments made by the Paris 2024 Games, and draws up a first assessment of the application of the Paris 2024 Social Charter:

  • Has the Charter enabled all companies to gain access to contracts, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises and companies in the social economy?
  • Has it enabled the integration of vulnerable groups, those who are far from employment or people with disabilities?
  • Has it improved working conditions?

With the presence of trade unions on construction sites, 1,000 labor inspections to date, and an unprecedented reduction in workplace accidents, the documentary offers a promising assessment of the situation. Inclusion clauses have also boosted the recruitment of people far from the job market and changed the way people look at the social economy. Small and medium-sized local businesses have gained access to calls for tender in significant proportions. The quality of the buildings constructed and their re-use after the Games and the new infrastructures are helping to open up the Seine-Saint-Denis region next to Paris.

The documentary shows that the combination of the disproportionate nature of the Games and a “high degree of solidarity” has had a real impact. A screening will be held at the French Institute of Finland on March 28 at 4:45 pm, followed by a discussion with Nicolas Garier, the documentary’s director.

The film will be screened in French with English subtitles. You can participate to the discussion in both languages.

Free admission with registration.