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French unions and students demonstrate against new draft labor law

Can France reform its labor market?

  • France wants to let companies and employees negotiate work hours directly
  • Proposal would invert collective bargaining hierarchy that benefits big unions
  • Popular anger at the diluted reform package has strengthened radical unions and may force a government climb-down

France has 3.5 million jobless and a rocketing youth unemployment rate of 25 percent. It was time for the government to do something about it – especially as President Francois Hollande won election in 2012 by promising to “reverse the unemployment trend.” Institutionalized rigidities have created a two-track job market, with “insiders” enjoying a high degree of job security through long-term contracts, while “outsiders,” whose numbers are growing, subsist on precarious short-term contracts or have no jobs at all.

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Dr. Emmanuel Martin
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What's inside
  • France wants to let companies and employees negotiate work hours directly
  • Proposal would invert collective bargaining hierarchy that benefits big unions
  • Popular anger at the diluted reform package has strengthened radical unions and may force a government climb-down
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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