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The management of the Kräizbierg foundation singled out

While accusations of harassment are linked, the OGBL called on Wednesday for the resignation of the director of the structure dedicated to the needs of people with physical disabilities.

While accusations of harassment are linked, the OGBL called on Wednesday for the resignation of the director of the structure dedicated to the needs of people with physical disabilities.

(ASdN with Nadia Di Pillo) – Between the management of the Kräizbierg Foundation and the OGBL, the tone hardens. On Wednesday, the union demanded the resignation of management, accused of harassment. “Clearly there needs to be a change of staff in management,” said Pitt Bach, central secretary responsible for health and social services at OGBL, stressing the need to address the problem “at the root”. .

In recent weeks, the OGBL has indeed drawn attention on several occasions to complaints within the Foundation. Evidence of intimidation, humiliation and direct threats as well as explicit warnings were reported.


The union has formulated five lines of action to maintain jobs, purchasing power or a reform of taxation in particular. The national committee calls for a new emergency meeting of the social partners.


The charges against the CEO Jeannot Berg weigh heavily. “Five or six women” claim to have been sexually harassed on several occasions by him and “more and more” are coming forward, underlines Pitt Bach.

Play on fear

One of them wrote a letter to the union in which she testified. “I gradually felt more and more uncomfortable. One day, in the parking lot in front of the administration building, he said: ‘If we both want to get along well, we have to go to bed together’ ”. If this complaint refers to an incident from the 1990s, it would not be an exception.

The secretary of the union indeed evokes many other accusations that have been piling up for several weeks and days. In recent days, several residents have complained about the lack of food at a residential structure in Frisingen. The shortage of bread lasted for several months, specifies the union representative, accusing management of “playing on people’s fear”. For several weeks, many employees have resigned, no longer supporting the pressure. Resulting in de facto a shortage of staff and poor care within the establishment.

Presumption of innocence

After the demonstration in front of the Kräizbierg building on September 14, the union is now considering further action. “We want to ask Family Minister Corinne Cahen and Labor Minister Dan Kersch to meet with us,” said Pitt Bach.

For its part, the board of directors reiterates the presumption of innocence of its members. He also said he was surprised that the three union representatives never mentioned the charges brought against the managing director during their joint meeting. In response to the complaints that have been filed, the Board of Directors wishes to stick to the review scheduled by an independent external expert.


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