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Game developer Eugen Systems recently fired six workers involved in an ongoing dispute over wages... [more]

Game developer Eugen Systems recently fired six workers involved in an ongoing dispute over wages and overtime. The six employees represented nearly a quarter of the 21 people working at Eugen, according to a press release from the independent union Le Syndicat des Travailleurs et Travailleuses du Jeu Vidéo. Many of them went on strike earlier this year after claiming Eugen was paying them less than the mandated minimums set in their contracts. It lasted over a month and a half before negotiations stalled. The STJV and about 15 employees are now bringing a case before a tribunal in March 2019. While the union states that the six workers were fired as an act of retaliation because of the strike action all six fired workers participated in Eugen systems claims that the firing of the six workers is not related to their partaking in industrial action.

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After the yellow vests, it's now the turn of the blue vests to show their anger as police unions ... [more]

After the yellow vests, it's now the turn of the blue vests to show their anger as police unions are calling on officers to picket to partake in industrial action and only answer emergency calls as they fight for better working conditions and pay. Negotiations between police unions and the Interior Minister failed to find a solution and come to an agreement that is satisfactory for the police workforce. Police are under high pressure with ongoing protests against the government. Government officials promised to pay an additional 300 euro to all those officers who were deployed for the "yellow vest" protests. I's unclear whether this will be enough to take the angle out of the protest.

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The CGT called for "great day of action" to demand an immediate increase in wages, pensions and s... [more]

The CGT called for "great day of action" to demand an immediate increase in wages, pensions and social protection. In a statement the CGT declares that current social movements raise the issues of wages and pensions, social protection, environment and public service. The CGT also specifically called on workers in the energy sector to go on strike. The union believes that the government’s long-term energy-transition plan would hurt jobs and increase France’s energy dependency on neighbouring countries.

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After unions CGT and FO rejected an offer for a 1.5% salary increase, which lies below the inflat... [more]

After unions CGT and FO rejected an offer for a 1.5% salary increase, which lies below the inflation rate of 2.2%, the unions called out a week-long strike in the oil sector. The industrial action affected multiple plants but most affected were gas major Total’s refineries preventing an output of 253,000 barrel-per-day. The unions now decided to suspend further industrial action awaiting the new negotiation round that is set for 11 December 2018.

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Teachers across France took part in industrial action to protest the 2019 education budget of the... [more]

Teachers across France took part in industrial action to protest the 2019 education budget of the government and more funding for education. Part of the new budget that the teachers are opposing, is the cutting of 2650 positions in public middle schools and high schools, another 550 positions in the private sector, and 400 administrative positions. It was the first time since 2011 that the main education trade unions have put out a united call for a national education strike. In a joint statement, unions stress that the government is planning to cut a total of 4500 positions in the civil service; 40% of those cuts being made in education. Unions not only see the proposed cuts as a lack of recognition for the work educators put in but besides that, job cuts in secondary education are also not logical considering the demographic growth expected in middle and high schools.

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Throughout the country mental health professionals have been protesting for several months. In Ro... [more]

Throughout the country mental health professionals have been protesting for several months. In Rouen, eight of them even went on an 18-day hunger strike. The mental health workers are not protesting to get a pay rise but are instead concerned about the quality of the care and loss of meaning in their work. While staffing levels are falling, patient numbers are constantly on the rise: between 1991 and 2003, they increased by 62% for general psychiatry, with an annual increase of three to five %. It can take patients years to get an appointment.

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A number of reforms applied since the first decade of the century to decentralise social dialogue... [more]

A number of reforms applied since the first decade of the century to decentralise social dialogue in the country in order to reduce labour inequality between so called ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ on the labour market. While union membership in the country is very low, historically a very high percentage of workers is covered by industry-wide collective bargaining agreements. The industry-wide collective agreements were once introduced in order to make sure that workers with an employer who didn’t want to negotiate on working conditions would also be protected by collective agreements. To make sure that the coverage of collective agreements would drop in the process of decentralisation the state introduced a legal requirement for companies to negotiate, and ideally to sign agreements, on a certain number of subjects. It still remains unclear if the decentralisation has indeed led to a reduction of inequality because content and result of company-level negotiations are heavily influenced by the qualification levels of the labour force and the size of the firms in the sector.

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After months of industrial action Air France management and five trade unions that represent 76.4... [more]

After months of industrial action Air France management and five trade unions that represent 76.4% of the employees reached a deal which include a 4% pay rise. Employees will get a general pay increase of 2% retroactive from 1 January 2018 and a general pay increase of 2% on 1 January 2019. The main pilots' union did not sign the agreement. Air France said the strikes had cost the airline 335 million euro. The next round of salary negotiations will start in November 2019.

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Together with other workers and students, rail workers launched a series of nationwide strikes ag... [more]

Together with other workers and students, rail workers launched a series of nationwide strikes against government policies, including labour reforms, which they claim are ‘destroying France's social model’. The call for protests was given by trade unions such as General Confederation of Labour (CGT), Worker’s Force (FO) and Solidaires, along with students’ unions such as the National Union of Students of France (UNEF) and Union National Lyceenne (UNL). The protesters demanded an increase in wages, pensions, gender equality and an end to privatisation. According to the organisers of the protests around 300.000 people took part.

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A study that was recently published in the British Journal of Industrial Relations investigates t... [more]

A study that was recently published in the British Journal of Industrial Relations investigates the results of employers’ duties to bargain on gender equality. The study finds that despite a rise in formal compliance due to stronger enforcement of bargaining duties since 2012, most companies submitting plans or agreements do not systematically address quantitative measurement of pay or other gender gaps. Furthermore, there exists a large degree of variation that reflects sectoral differences. Based on their analysis the researchers argue that in order to promote an equality agenda attention should be paid to the resources available to local bargaining actors.

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