The measures aim to make it easier for firms to hire and fire, simplify negotiations between employers and employees, and reduce the power of national collective bargaining
French President Emmanuel Macron signs documents in front of the media to promulgate a new labor bill in his office at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Macron has signed Friday five decrees paving the way to the implementation of labor measures aimed at boosting growth, his first major reform since his election. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP), photo: Pool/Philippe Wojazer via AP
22 of September 2017 12:14:14
PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has signed five decrees paving the way to the implementation of labor law measures aimed at boosting economic growth.The move Friday comes as unions and political opponents stage a series of street protests, fearing the reforms will weaken hard-won worker protections.The labor market overhaul is the central pillar in Macron's promises to create jobs and make the country more globally competitive.The measures aim to make it easier for firms to hire and fire, simplify negotiations between employers and employees, and reduce the power of national collective bargaining.
On Thursday, a nationwide protest, backed by the hard-left CGT trade union, gathered 132,000 people across France, much less than in last week's protests, according to the Interior ministry.Among the most contested reforms, one will cap the financial penalties awarded by labor courts in the event of dismissals recognized as wrongful. Another eases regulations governing when and why companies can dismiss workers.
France's labor unions organized a large, nationwide protest against the new president's proposed labor reform. pic.twitter.com/wxzBFRMo1t— AJ+ (@ajplus) 13 de septiembre de 2017