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Thursday, 18 December 2003
It is Denise’s Canteen!

Roland Schoenn

So for some time we have noticed this solitary demonstrator outside the offices of Trumpf in Haguenau.  What does this mean? What is he protesting? It took me a couple of weeks to even work out what La Cantine a Denise actually means.

So one day I collected a pamphlet from the demonstrator. Another day I took his photograph. Here is what I read in the pamphlet.  It is my translation from French to English, and I take no responsibility for any errors or mistakes which I may have accidentally introduced. Obviously I will correct any that anyone cares to point out. Obviously too, the French version purports to represent the views of Mr Robert Schoenn, and his wife Denise. They are not necessarily my own views, and if you rely for accuracy on my English translation then you do so at your own risk, etc. blah blah fish paste. Here is what I read:

Does Schweighouse have “three stars”?

Mr. Alain Jost of the Aux Berge de la Moder Restaurant would deserve this distinction not for his culinary talents but for his injustice, his lies, his spite, his disrespect, his vulgarity with his similar accomplice, Mr. Reis George, director of the company Trumpf of Haguenau.

Following the articles that appeared about us in DNA [local newspaper] and Tonic [local satire magazine], many people asked us for explanations because they understood nothing of this story.  Here are the facts:

Denise, employed as a “delicatessen” for more than 6 years, with general satisfaction, serviced the meals and maintenance of the canteen of Trumpf. That company decided to change the catering contractors for the year 2002, and the Director solicited Denise so that she would remain and be engaged by the new catering contractor.  She agreed. According to the Director, the staff, the executives, and the members of the work’s council, all said that they wanted to change contractors but to keep the waitress.

Steps were taken in this direction and the restaurant Aux Berges de la Moder made a proposal mentioning that it was close to keeping Denise as waitress. For that end it made Denise visit the restaurant several times for discussions and to bring her pay slip. Mr. Jost also had a discussion with the catering company in which it was confirmed to him that it authorized Denise to leave without notice so that she could continue to work with the new catering company. All seemed then to be for best; Mr. Jost at the time of the Christmas lunch had confirmed to the employees of the company that Denise would remain in place if he obtained the contract. After a trial period, during which Denise was to take vacation (not being paid yet by Mr. Jost) he requested that we come to the restaurant one evening a few days before Christmas for a SURPRISE announcement to us that he did not wish to keep Denise with the canteen as had been agreed but that he proposed to place her in the kitchens with the loss of her annual bonus and possible modification of her work schedules, contradicting what he had affirmed in the article of DNA (the liar).

He said to us that he wished to entrust the post to a good acquaintance; defending his decision with reasons more ridiculous than each another, as for example Denise must initially be trained whereas she has done this work for more than 6 years whereas the new employee has never worked in a canteen. Thereafter he acknowledged besides that he proposed only the kitchen position because the Director of Trumpf had insisted. We proposed to him to engage his good acquaintance in the kitchen and to leave Denise in the canteen; and he answered that the kitchens were not a good place for her: implying that it was not good enough for her but on the other hand good for Denise. What transpired so that the Director of Trumpf and his committee accept this changed situation? Did it obtain backhanders or other advantages? This reversal, as abrupt as unexplained, is more than odd; moreover Mr. Reis never wanted some explanation.

What is Mr. Jost thinking. Mr Jost who said to us that he did not have sums to return to anybody, that it is insane of what thinks the others (specifying even of his/her own parents), which after several divorces he had heard of others. Clearly everyone is good and can be enough idiot to save to him money but that stops there. Hang that Roland expressed peacefully, it has it several times insulted with a vocabulary unworthy of an employer and in front of witness, it asked to him whether it did not have time to make him a fellatio. With each one to form an opinion and to decide if he wants to trust such a person and to support it.

The new waitress, Claudine Moynier, ne� Bossenmeyer lives in Gal Of Gaulle Street in Schweighouse. She lowered and humiliated Denise by saying to her that she does not speak to animals; she classes herself at a higher level but then why the devil replace Denise who happy and “opened out” in her work. She was already at the origin of the departure of a wage-earner in a chocolate company where she worked before. She also lied to the judiciary while making a complaint against Roland for death threats (the business is still in hand with the correctional court of Strasbourg).

We protest, counter this injustice, counter his broken promises, counter his lies, counter this disrespect of work and the employees. Nobody has the right to treat kind a human person, to destroy it, lower it, throw it like a worn rag don?t one needs more. We must denounce these practices, if today it is not useful it can be helpful, let us hope, in the future. We do not have the right to leave to our children a rotten world like this.

Denise today is not the same any more; we betrayed her, she does not believe in anything any more. She relied completely on Mr. Reis, director of Trumpf; she had even refused in 2000 another better remunerated job to remain at Trumpf where she felt recognized. She lost her reference marks compared to certain human values, she is depressed and does not manage to forget her canteen; she has the tears in her eyes each time when passing in the proximity of it. Then when Mr. Reis says that while expressing we badger/harass the new waitress; that he puts pressure on his employees -to express against us while threatening to close the canteen, he misuses his power by using the fear of losing their employment. As for Tonic Magazine which does not seek the bottom of the problem, but speaks about the insane world because Roland continues to demonstrate, we will say only that they disappointed us by also coming under the pressure of the money (the restaurant Aux Berges de la Moder has each month an advertisement in their magazine).

To finish, a large THANK-YOU to everyone who supports us.

Denise and Roland Schoenn,  19 rue de la Fluess, Schweighouse.

Here is the original French version of the pamphlet Mr Roland Schoenn gave me. The views and information here represent him only, and I do not take any responsibility for typing mistakes that I may have introduced. However I will correct any such errors if they are pointed out to me.

Un trois etoiles a schweighouse?

M Alain Jost du restaurant Aux Berges de la Moder m�riterait cette distinction non pas pour ses talents culinaires mais pour son injustice, ses mensonges, sa m�chancet�, son irrespect, sa vulgarit� avec comme complice M Reis Georges, directeur de l’entreprise Trumpf de Haguenau.

Suite aux articles parues � notre subjet dans les DNA et dans Tonic beaucoup nous ont demand� des explications car ils n’y comprenaient rien � cette histoire; voici les faits:

Denise, salari�e d’un traiteur s’occupait depuis plus de 6ans, � la satisfaction g�n�rale, du service des repas et de l’entretien de la cantine � l’entreprise Trumpf. Celle ci souhaitant changer de traiteur pour l’ann�e 2002, le Directeur a collicit� Denise pour qu’elle reste et soit embauch�e par le nouveau traiteur; elle �tait d’accord. Du Directeur, en passant par les cadres, les membres du comit� d’entreprise, tous ont dit qu’on veut changer de traiteur mais garder la serveuse.

Les d�marches ont �t� entreprises dans ce sens et le restaurant Aux Berges de la Moder a fait une proposition mentionnant qu’il �tait pr�s � garder Denise comme serveuse. Pour cela il a fait venir Denise plusieurs fois au restaurant pour discouter et pour qu’elle apporte sa fiche de paye. M Jost a �galement eu un entretien avec le traiteur en place qui lui a confim�qu’il autorisait Denise � le quitter sans pr�avis pour qu’elle puisse de suite continuer � travailler avec le nouveau traiteur. Tout semblait donce se d�rouler pour le mieux; M Jost lors du repas de No�l avait confirm� � des salari�s de l’entreprise que Denise resterait en place s’il obtenait le contrat. Apr�s une p�riod d’essai durant laquelle Denise devait prendre des cong�s, n’�tant pas encore salari�e de M Jost, celui ci nous a fait venir le soir au restaurant quelques jours avant No�l pour SURPRISE nous annoncer qu’il ne souhaitait pas garder Denise � la cantine comme cela avait �t� convenu mais qu’il lui proposait un place aux cuisines avec suppression du 13e mois et �ventuellement modification des horaires de travail, contrairement � ce qu’il a affirm� dans l’article des DNA (quel menteur).

Il nous a dit qu’il souhaitait confier le poste � une de ces bonnes connaissances; il a d�fendu sa d�cision avec des raisons une plus ridicule que l’autre comme par exemple Denise doit d’abord �treform� alors qu’elle fait ce travail depuis plus de 6 ans et que la nouvelle n’avait jamais travaill� � une cantine. Par la suite il a d’ailleurs avou� qu’il a seulement propos� la place aux cuisines parce que le Directeur de Trumpf avait insist�. Nous lui avons propos� d’embaucher sa connaissance aux cuisines et laisser Denise � la cantine; il a r�pondu que les cuisines n’etait pas un place pour elle sous-entendu pas assez bonne pour elle mais par contre bonne pour Denise. Que c’est t-il pass� pour que le Directeur de Trumpf et son comit� accepte cette mise � l’�cart? Y a t-il eu des dessous de table ou d’autres avantages? Ce revirement aussi brusque qu’inexpliqu� est plus que bizarre; d’ailleurs M Reis n’a jamais voulu s’en expliquer.

Que penser de M Jost qui nous a dit qu’il n’avait de comptes � rendre � personne, qu’il s’en fou de ce que pense les autres (pr�cisant m�me de ses propres parents), qu’apr�s plusieurs divorces il en avait entendu d’autres. En clair tout le monde est bon et peut �tre assez con pour lui faire gagner de l’argent mais �a s’arr�te l�. Pendent que Roland manifestait paisiblement, il l’a plusieurs fois insult� avec un vocabulaire indigne d’un employeur et devant t�moin, il lui a demand� s’il n’avait pas le temps pour lui faire une fellation. A chacun de se faire une opinion et d�cider s’il veut faire confiance � une telle personne et la soutenir.

La nouvelle serveuse, Claudine Bossenmeyer �pouse Moynier habite rte du Gal De Gaulle � Schweighouse. Elle a rabaiss� et humili� Denise en lui disant qu’elle ne parle pas aux personnes b�tes; elle se class niveau sup�rieur mais alors pourquoi diable prendre la place de serveuse � Denise qui �tait heureuse et �panouie dans son travail. Elle �tait d�j� � l’origine du d�part d’une salari�e dans une entreprise de chocolat o� elle travaillait auparavant. Elle a aussi menti � la justice en portant plainte contre Roland pour menaces de mort (l’affaire est encore en cours au tribunal correctionnel de Strasbourg).

Nous protestons, contre cette injustice, contre ses promesses non tenues, contre ses mensonges, contre cet irrespect du travail et des salari�s. Personne n’a le droit de traiter de la sorte une personne humaine, de la d�truire, de la rabaisser, de la jeter comme un chiffon us� don�t on a plus besoin. Il fait d�noncer ces agissements, si aujourd’hui �a ne sert peut �tre � rien, �a cervira, esp�rons le, � l’avenir; nous n’avons pas le droit de laisser � nos enfants un monde pourri de la sorte.

Denise aujourd’hui n’est plus la m�me, on l’a trahi, elle ne croit plus en rien. Elle avait totalement confiance en M Reis, directeur de Trumpf; elle avait m�me refus� en 2000 un autre travail mieux r�mun�r� pour rester chez Trumpf o� elle se sentait reconnu. Elle a perdu ses rep�res par rapport � certaines valeurs humaines, elle est d�pressive et n’arrive pas � oublier sa cantine; elle a les larmes aux yeux chaque fois quand on passe � proximit�. Alors quand M Reis dit qu’en manifestant nous harcelons la nouvelle serveuse; qu’il fait pression aupr�s de ses salari�s pour contre-manifester contre nous en mena�ant de fermer la cantine, il abuse de ses pouvoirs en utilisant la crainte des salari�s pour leur emploi. Quant � Tonic Magazine qui parle de monde fou, parce que Roland continue � manifester, sans chercher � conna�tre le fond du probl�me, nous dirons seulement qu’ils nous ont d��us en subissant eux aussi la pression de l’argent (le restaurant Aux Berges de la Moder a chaque mois une annonce dans leur magazine).

Pour terminer, un grand MERCI a ceux et celles qui nous soutiennent.

Denise et Roland Schoenn 19, rue de la Fluess � Schweighouse.


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