Σελίδες

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Thursday, 21 July 2016

French parliament officially adopts controversial labour law

France’s parliament on Thursday finally adopted a deeply divisive labour law after the government used a special measure to force it through parliament without a vote.

The law – which weakens union powers, makes layoffs easier and extends the work week – was passed Thursday after a 24-hour period passed without any party deposing a motion of censure.

On Wednesday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls resorted to a controversial measure known as the “49-3”, which allows the government to sidestep a parliamentary debate and a vote on proposed legislation, for a third time in order to transform the bill into law.

President François Hollande and Valls have championed the labour reforms as a way to boost business confidence and employment figures in France. But the government had to contend with months of public demonstrations that saw trade unions and student groups organising demonstrations and protests that often ended in violent clashes with the police.

Speaking to parliament on Wednesday, Valls described the bill as a “progressive” text that was “necessary for the future of the country”.

Opponents however insist the labour reforms whittle away workers' rights by allowing employers to lay off workers more easily and to negotiate job conditions directly with staff instead of through unions.

By giving precedence to negotiations at the branch and company level, the new law lengthens employees' work weeks and modifies overtime wages...
 [france24.com]
21/7/16

No comments:

Post a comment

Blog Archive