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Another burning crisis at the CPE Luxembourg

The following tract comes from a colleague who looked around to find a Trade Union who would be prepared to publish it without worrying that it may damage its cosy relationship with Admin. And then found SID.

Another burning crisis at the CPE

Imagine the scene: It's about 5 o'clock on a cold dark winter's evening. You are in a room at the Study Centre looking after about 15 children. They are playing, reading and doing their homework.

Suddenly, you smell burning and then the fire alarm goes off. You know you must get yourself and the children out of the building as quickly as possible - but the fire exit has been moved.

In fact there is not a proper fire exit – only a window with makeshift wooden steps up to it. It's difficult to open the window as it opens inwards and not outwards as fire exits should.

People are already pushing behind you trying to get out. There is panic in the air. You help the children up the steps and out of the window. "Mind your head", you shout (the window is only 1m40 high).

Once on the fire escape, the children disappear into the obscurity ("Why is there no lighting?" you wonder) and you hear them whimpering with fear as they descend three flights of stairs in virtual darkness and then shouting in distress as they try to squeeze through the narrow doorway and out into safety.

Smoke is billowing into the room. You are the last to evacuate the building. You hurry up the steps and out of the window. Bang!! You forgot to duck whilst climbing out of the window and have hit your head, you feel yourself falling, falling into the darkness and then….

No, this isn't the scenario for the next Hollywood catastrophe film or even a bad dream.

This is what could really happen if a fire broke out in the Study Centre – the CPE III building to be precise. Due to building work, the fire escape at the back of the building had to be moved. The builder decided not to put the fire exit where it had been agreed upon and decided that our children could make do with climbing out of the window in case of fire…..

The builder probably reasoned that nobody at the Commission is surveying the work and that nobody really cares….

In this he is right. In fact, nobody cares apart from the parents who of course have been kicking up an awful fuss, only to be greeted with a complete indifference from OIL. OIL-3 who runs the CPE referred the matter to OIL-5 (Security and Hygiene).

OIL-5 pretended that everything was in order as they had an authorisation from the Luxembourgish State for this fire window. No such authorisation exists.

OIL-5 then passed the responsibility to OIL-1 (buildings) who said that they hadn't been informed…….

At the end of the day, over 3months later, the situation still has not changed.

OIL promised to remedy the situation during the Christmas holidays, then during the Carnival holidays and their latest offer is the Easter holidays…

This would all be laughable if it didn't concern the safety of our children. Of course, the likelihood of a fire breaking out in the CPE 3 building is very low, but if it does….

Is this a risk that can be tolerated? In the end, as usual, nobody is responsible: OIL gives the blame to the owner, to the contractor, to the firm that has to make the door….

In fact, to anyone apart from itself!

Unfortunately this is not the first time such a problem has occurred.

We only have to remember the legionella scandal in 2007, after which OIL promised hand on heart to be more open……



S olidarity with those who work for their money
I ndependence from those who don't
D emocracy in all decisions taken by groups of sane, adult humans

SID - Solidarity, Independence, Democracy is an independent Trade Union of all EU Institutions employees (Je souhaite adhérer au SID…)

Created by: admin last modification: Tuesday 17 of February, 2009 [11:11:08 UTC] by admin

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