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The three main trade unions in education have expressed their dismay at the government's plans to... [more]

The three main trade unions in education have expressed their dismay at the government's plans to cut jobs in middle and high schools. The trade unions FSU, UNSA-Education and SGEN-CFDT have called workers to strike on 12 November 2018, in a protest against the elimination of 2,650 posts in colleges and high schools planned by the government in 2019. This downsizing leads to a further deterioration of the study conditions and work of staff. The unions ask the government to give up the project.

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Several unions have announced a general strike on 9 October in a protest against the overall poli... [more]

Several unions have announced a general strike on 9 October in a protest against the overall policy of the government. The main problems are related to the unemployment insurance, the staffing of the employment agencies and cuts in public services. The CGT and FO trade unions as well as two national student unions speak about ideological policies targeting the destruction of the social model, favouring notably the explosion of inequality and the breaking of collective rights.

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A column that combines data from different sources to construct distributional national accounts ... [more]

A column that combines data from different sources to construct distributional national accounts shows the limits of the myth of egalitarianism. When compared to the United States, where inequality has skyrocketed, the country can be considered an equalitarian country with a low level of inequality. The gender pay gap declined in recent decades, albeit fairly slow among top labour incomes (for example, the female share among top 0.1% earners was only 12% in 2012, compared with 7% in 1994 and 5% in 1970). But in-depth analysis leads to higher inequality levels than the usual tax-based series for the recent decades, because the latter miss a rising part of capital income.

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A cross-union grouping behind earlier strikes that led to the May resignation of the last CEO vow... [more]

A cross-union grouping behind earlier strikes that led to the May resignation of the last CEO vowed after a meeting to maintain the core demand for a 5.1% pay increase. During the spring, Air France workers held strikes for 15 days that are estimated to have cost the company 335 million in profits. Air France offered staff a general wage increase of 7% over four years from 2018 to 2021 in addition to the individual increases of around 1% in 2018. However, unions demand an immediate wage increase of 5.1%, after initially demanding 6%. Union officials declared that if their demands are not met actions will continue in September.

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The Eiffel tower reopened after a two-day strike to protest unacceptably long queues. According t... [more]

The Eiffel tower reopened after a two-day strike to protest unacceptably long queues. According to the workers on strike, the reason for the long queues is the new access policy that has seen separate lifts allocated to visitors with pre-booked tickets and those who buy them on site. A spokesperson of trade union CGT stated that the best solution would be to let people, just like before, use the elevator with the shortest queues regardless of the type of ticket that they bought. The tower's operator however doesn’t recognise the problem and states that queues are no worse than before, even as visitor numbers have risen significantly.

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French commuters that work in Luxembourg earn substantially lower wages than their colleagues com... [more]

French commuters that work in Luxembourg earn substantially lower wages than their colleagues coming from other neighbouring countries, according to a report that was published by the Luxembourg statistical office Statec. The office has calculated that, in 2017, French border workers receive about € 10,000 less per year than their Belgian colleagues and almost € 7,000 less than their German counterparts. This difference is explained by the fact that they are overrepresented in lower paid activities.

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A plant of pest control and hygiene company British-owned Rentokil Initial has been ordered to pa... [more]

A plant of pest control and hygiene company British-owned Rentokil Initial has been ordered to pay a former employee €60,000 after it breached his ‘right to disconnect’ from work outside of office hours. The Supreme Court found it unfair for the worker, to have to ‘permanently leave his telephone on…to respond to requests from his subordinates or customers’ in case of any problems while not at work. The worker was fired in 2011 and took the employer to the worker’s tribunal, asking for compensation for the extra hours ‘on call’. The ruling is the first of its kind since the 2016 law on the right to switch off such electronic devices outside office hours became effective on 1 January 2017.

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In an interesting article, the work of the union for nannies, associated to trade union UNSA, is ... [more]

In an interesting article, the work of the union for nannies, associated to trade union UNSA, is described. These workers, autonomous, qualified or not, and in many cases more precarious and less protected, often work in isolation. The nannies have serious difficulties with multiple private employers, while the emotional relationship undermines the professional and contractual relationship to servitude. A key issue is the information of nannies, but also of employer parents. The union also develops services to its members and legal assistance in case of difficulties. The aim is to acquire a collective agreement comparable to the agreement for childminders, or even be covered by the same conventional instrument.

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Two out of the four trade unions that led the strikes since early April have decided to continue ... [more]

Two out of the four trade unions that led the strikes since early April have decided to continue the action, even though the cause of their protests - president Emmanuel Macron's rail reforms - have been voted through parliament and signed into law. The unions see the abolition of the rail reform as their objective and think the only way they have a chance is by striking. During the last three months the participation rate of rail workers in the rolling strikes has decreased to the point when on the final day of the strike only 32 percent of train drivers participated. The two unions that will continue to their strike during the summer, the CGT Cheminots and Sud Rail, together represent 51% of the rail workers.

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Members of the energy workers' trade union association, the General Confederation of Labour (CGT)... [more]

Members of the energy workers' trade union association, the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) shut off the supply of gas to the Elysee Palace, for three hours to protest against privatisation. The union underlined that the action was held because of reports saying that the authorities intend to privatise this autumn both Electricité de France as well as all of its major subsidiaries, in particular the country’s largest power grid operator Enedis. The political action took place following the government's recent decision to open the country's railway sector, currently monopolised by the SNCF railway company, to competition.

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