Working the System

Laurence Parisot has often eclipsed her union counterparts.  Can she do it again?Since June, and the beginning of a round of talks between social partners who framework was established by the newly elected Hollande administration, employers’ representatives and trades union have been discussing the reform of France’s labour market rules.  Unions want to create more rights for employees, employers want more flexibility, in particular the ability to furlough or even fire staff during downturns.  The negotiation has until the end of the year to come to an agreement, failing which the government has promised it will legislate.  The negotiation is currently at a crucial phase, and a recently leaked proposal by employers gives us a peek inside this most difficult of discussions.  But at the end of the year, will France hit its own labour code cliff? Continue reading

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