Korian is a private medical care company that was founded by Charles Ruggieri, a steel and real estate tycoon in 2003. It owns over 1,000 elder care and nursing homes, in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. The company has come under the spotlight for a number of deaths that have taken place at its facilities. In early 2017, there was a flu outbreak at a Korian-owned nursing home in Lyon, France, that resulted in the deaths of 13 people and infected 70 percent of the residents. In April 2019, five residents of another Korian-owned nursing home in Lherm, France, died from food poisoning, and 20 further were hospitalized. And in 2020, nearly a third of residents at a Korian nursing home north of Cannes died from coronavirus.
Private nursing homes & hospitals
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Paula Reisdorf | CorpWatch | October 24, 2022
The same is true in France, where Korian and Orpea are the two biggest operators of eldercare homes. Jean-Louis Touraine, vice-president of the French Hospital Federation, told the French Parliament that some 12,000 COVID-19-related deaths could have been avoided had private eldercare homes followed the same rules as public ones.
Korian, Major Operator of European Nursing Homes, Has History of Complaints and Worker Strikes
Paula Reisdorf | CorpWatch | May 2, 2022
Hermine Bideaux died of COVID-19 in April 2020 after being rushed to a hospital near the Korian Bel Air elder care home near Paris, France. Olivia Mokiejewski, her granddaughter, has since filed a manslaughter and endangerment lawsuit against Korian for Hermine’s death, one of many lodged against the company.
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- Mirador's profile on Korian - Mirador is a project of the Belgium-based NGO Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy (GRESEA), which monitors abuse carried out by the largest multinational corporations in Belgium and the world.
France: Employees of the Villa Evora nursing home in Chartres, mobilized for better working conditions
Laura Alliche | L'Écho Républicain | January 24, 2023
About thirty employees of the Korian Villa Evora nursing home in Chartres protested this Tuesday, January 24, to assert their right to strike and to demand better working conditions and a "decent" increase in wages, i.e. 10%.
France: Montpellier: "botched care, residents in danger", employees of the Korian La Pompignane nursing home on strike
Laurie Zénon | Midi Libre | November 14, 2022
Caregivers, nurses and hospital service workers say they suffer from "poor working conditions, understaffing and a lack of equipment".
France: Strike in private healthcare establishments demanding a salary increase
Kevin Triet & Max Chapius | Le Progrès | October 17, 2022
This is the case in two private nursing homes, that of Parc au Coteau and within the Korian nursing home in Roanne. “We are asking for an increase in wages in alignment with inflation,” says Béatrice Proix, CFDT local representative at Korian, alongside Alain Wattier.
France: Employees of the La Goélette nursing home in Cherbourg call out widespread "mistreatment"
Olivier Clerc | Ouest-France | June 28, 2022
Those on strike at the La Goélette residence, managed by Korian in Équeurdreville, in the municipality of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in the Manche department, can no longer take their working conditions.
France: Korian workers demand end to understaffing
La Gazette en Yvelines | March 17, 2022
Tuesday, March 8, following the call of the CGT union, the employees of the nursing home on the Island of Migneaux, managed by the Korian group, demonstrated against the deterioration of working conditions understaffing issues.
France: Employees at Grainville-sur-Odon nursing home demand "more staff and a decent salary"
Aurore Briffod and Lucie Caillieret | France 3 | February 26, 2022
The claims against the Korian Reine Mathilde nursing home in Grainville-sur-Odon (Calvados) keep increasing. “It is not the lack of means at the material level, it is rather the lack of staff, explains Florence Marc, nurse and union member at the CGT union.
France: Korian-St François nursing home staff on strike
Laurence Saccu | Le Progrès | January 11, 2022
This Tuesday morning, around fifty caregivers, psychological aides, maintenance workers, facilitators and even cooks gathered near the entrance gate to express their dissatisfaction and fatigue.
France: Korian Bel Air nursing home: new social conflict in Clamart
Maxime Ricard | Actualités Sociales Hebdomadaires | November 9, 2021
After three days of strikes in July, about thirty people demonstrated in front of the eldercare home Korian Bel Air in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine) to "call out the horrific management" on Monday, November 8.
France: CGT demonstration: "It's scandalous to attack an activist"
L'Est Éclair Abonné | November 3, 2021
Thirty CGT activists gathered on Thursday to denounce a complaint by the Korian group against a union representative.
France: Korian staff demand "salary increase" in Chartres et Dreux
Pascale Rouchaud and Simon Dechet | L'Écho Républicain | October 16, 2020
Staff from the retirement homes La Roseraie in Dreux and Villa Evora in Chartres, both belonging to the Korian group, organized a strike on Friday, October 16.
France: Indre-et-Loire: employees of Korian group nursing homes on strike to denounce a wage freeze
Chloé Martin | France Bleu | October 16, 2020
There were a dozen workers in front of the Clos du Mûrier nursing home in Fondettes, northwest of Tours, this Friday afternoon. The employees of this establishment, which belongs to the Korian group, demonstrated to denounce the wage freeze and the reduction of the 13th month bonus.
French Nursing Homes Employees Protest Pay, Conditions
VOA | May 26, 2020
Employees of a major group of French nursing homes on Monday took part in protests across France to call for better pay amid the coronavirus crisis.
- Regional Health Agency (ARS)
- General Confederation of Labor (CGT)
- Workers' Force (FO)
- National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSA)
- SUD Korian employees
France: Korian: an investigation opened in La Rochelle for manslaughter
Agnès Lanoëlle | Sud-Ouest | February 24, 2023
An investigation is underway on a private establishment managed by Korian, in La Rochelle.
France: Two former Korian employees win their case at the labor court
La Voix du Nord | November 14, 2022
This Monday, the Valenciennes labor court ruled in favor of two former employees of the Korian nursing home in Bruay-sur-l'Escaut.
France: Poissy: sued by her employer Korian... for a t-shirt caricaturing the company logo
Stéphane Corby | Le Parisien | September 5, 2022
A middle finger instead of Korian's intertwined hearts logo, with the company's slogan "care at heart" replaced with "money at heart". This is what Nadia Boutmar, a 64-year-old caregiver from L'Île de Migneaux de Poissy (Yvelines), wore on her T-shirt on March 8 during the National Day of Struggle in Care Homes.
France: Béarn: "Our mother was abandoned", a family files a complaint against the Korian Group
20 Minutes | June 21, 2022
Her condition deteriorated in just 15 days. The children of Lucette, 91, have filed a complaint against the Korian Group, which they accuse of having let their mother waste away in a convalescent home near Pau...
France: Thirty complaints filed against the nursing homes of the Korian Group: “When he left, his condition had worsened”
Libération | June 8, 2022
Thirty complaints, notably involving "manslaughter", have been filed with a dozen prosecutors in several regions, lawyer Sarah Saldmann said on Tuesday, confirming information from Le Parisien.
Germany: Public prosecutor investigates: Care scandal in home? 88-year-old is said to have been severely abused
Tobi Lang | Nordbayern | May 31, 2022
Was there abuse in a nursing home in Seubersdorf in the Neumarkt district? The public prosecutor's office in Nuremberg-Fürth is investigating serious allegations. The facility concerned has already been searched.
France: Two employees of the Korian nursing home in Bruay are going to the Labor Court
La Voix du Nord | May 23, 2022
Two unionized employees of the Korian nursing home in Bruay-sur-l'Escaut, consider themselves victims of unfair dismissals, in one case including abuse. The Labor Court will reveal its decision on the case in November.
France: Cash Investigation: hidden camera in a Korian nursing home
La Voix du Nord | March 1, 2022
The journalist was hired for three days in a Korian nursing home as a caregiver, while having neither diploma nor experience. With an undercover camera, she filmed the exhausting daily life of overworked employees, forced to advise an old lady to "wee in her adult diaper" because there was a lack of staff to accompany her to the toilets.
France: Marpent: an internal investigation within a Korian nursing home, after the death of a resident
Alice Bonvoison | La Voix Du Nord | July 27, 2020
Roland Étienne, resident of the Samara nursing home (managed by the Korian Group) died on April 24 after contracting Covid-19. Since then, his family has never ceased to want to shed light on the circumstances of his death.
France: The Korian group targeted by two new legal investigations
Chloé Pilorget-Rezzouk and Ismaël Halissat | Libération | May 19, 2020
The two preliminary investigations by the Nanterre public prosecutor's office for manslaughter, endangering the lives of others and failure to assist a person in danger concern the "Bel-Air" establishment in Clamart.
France: After the complaint against the Korian L'Ossau hospital in Gan, staff testify to mistreatment
Max Sprick & Rick Gajek | France Bleu | June 10, 2022
Workers beging to speak out after the lawyer Sarah Saldmann announced a lawsuit against Korian over abuse. Two of the thirty complaints target the L'Ossau hospital in Gan, which belongs to the Korian Group.
Germany: Allegations against Frankfurt retirement home: "They let my mother dry up with her eyes wide open"
Max Sprick & Rick Gajek | Hessenschau | May 3, 2022
Bad conditions are said to have prevailed in Frankfurt's Bettinahof retirement home - on the one hand for the staff who are desperately looking for help, on the other hand for the residents. One of them died as a result, their children are sure.
France: The Good News: The Korian group will not be able to silence the CGT Union
Pierre-Henri Lab | L'Humanité | March 18, 2022
The employees of the Korian group and their CGT union have just won a great legal victory. The Paris court acquitted carer Odette Wandji,who works at the Bel Air nursing home, in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine), against whom the management of the establishment had lodged a complaint.
France: At Korian nursing home, 4.50 euros per day for meals for residents, says the CGT Union
Cécile Bidault | France Bleu | February 8, 2022
What the public knows of today, he has been denouncing for years: "it's institutional abuse, it's the institution that pushes the caregivers, who are in no way abusive and do a remarkable job, to commit these acts".
France: "A working day in Bel-Air is a day in hell": in Clamart, the revolt of nursing home employees
Le Parisien | Eléonore Disdero | July 5, 2021
“We won't give up!" This Monday, under the windows of the Bel-Air nursing home of the Korian group, in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine), the slogans rang out. Thirty people gathered under the banners of the CGT union to demand better working conditions.
France: The Korian group attacks a union representative, the CGT 06 united, to defend "individual and collective freedoms"
Grégoire Cornet | Nice Matin | March 11, 2021
Strong demands this Thursday before the Nice courthouse, following the appearance of Albert Papadacci in the Paris court. The union representative was attacked by the Korian group for "complicity in public defamation of an individual", following a report broadcast on France 3 in November.
France: Korian, DomusVi: in nursing homes, anti-union repression is in full swing
Cécile Rousseau | L'Humanite | October 1, 2020
Employees of several nursing homes of the Korian and DomusVi groups call out union-busting tactics, which have gone as far as dismissals.
France: Deaths in a nursing home: the Korian group under fire from critics and this is not the first time
Léa Guedj | France Inter | April 6, 2019
Insufficient and distraught staff, high prices, seniors left to fend for themselves and rationed... The Korian group, which is posting record profits, has again been singled out since the death of five people in one of its retirement homes, following possible food poisoning.
Korian Workers are organising across borders
European Public Service Union | September 7, 2017
Workers and union representatives in the French multinational specialized in elderly care, Korian, met in Brussels, in order to better coordinate their struggles and strategies to secure better pay and conditions for the almost 47,000 workers employed in 4 countries.
France: Flu: towards the end of the epidemic at nursing home which left 13 dead
Le Progrès | January 9, 2017
Asked to react to testimonies from relatives of residents denouncing recurring dysfunctions and poor hygiene conditions in the establishment, the spokesperson admitted that "the families' concern is completely understandable", without responding directly to their questions.
France: Closure of an nursing home in the Dordogne: Korian under fire from critics
Clément Bouynet & Bernard Vasseur | Sud-Ouest | November 3, 2022
The demonstration, organized Thursday, November 3 in the morning, brought together around 500 people.
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