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McDonald’s is facing the first industrial action in the country since 2003. It started with wild ... [more]

McDonald’s is facing the first industrial action in the country since 2003. It started with wild picket lines that blocked many of the company’s fast food restaurants in Paris. Since 11 May, a McDonald's located at Boulevard de Magenta, near Gare de l'Est, is occupied by a dozen employees that are supported by students and railwaymen who joined them. Workers are demanding a base salary of 13 euro per hour, a 13th month for all and sufficient staff.

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Basic, the office for social analysis, co-produced a report with the NGO Oxfam France that aims t... [more]

Basic, the office for social analysis, co-produced a report with the NGO Oxfam France that aims to fuel the public debate on the sharing of wealth. One of the findings of the report is that French companies are paying out the vast bulk of their profits to shareholders, leaving little for investment and even less for employees. In the 2000s companies paid out less than a third of profits in dividends, today it is more than two-thirds. The report shows that firms paid out 15 times as much to shareholders than they did to workers. CEOs' salaries also soared since 2009 to 119 times their employees' average pay, with 54.5% of CEO’s income tied to their company's share price, encouraging them to align their interests with those of the shareholders.

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Railway workers went on strike in reaction to plans to reform the rail system and cut rail worker... [more]

Railway workers went on strike in reaction to plans to reform the rail system and cut rail workers special employment rights. One of the fears expressed by the unions is that the rail system will be privatised (see our January and March newsletter). Railway staff have walked out two days out of five since the start of the strikes in the beginning of April. The government has claimed to push through the reform plans ‘to the very end’. A poll suggests that the majority of public back plans to reform debt-ridden state rail operator and public support for the strike seems to be relatively modest.

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After earlier strike actions in February and March 2018 (see our March newsletter) new strikes at... [more]

After earlier strike actions in February and March 2018 (see our March newsletter) new strikes at Air France were organised. Air France claims the strikes have cost the company over 250 million euro in operating income. Pilots, cabin crew and ground staff are demanding a wage increase with unions asking for a 6% pay rise that the company deems ‘impossible’. At first Air France came up with a proposal for a 1% increase to be paid in two stages, now they offer a 2% increase. Three pilot unions have announced another four days of strike action in early May stating that they intend to keep up the pressure for their wage demands.

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Security staff at the Eiffel tower held a two-days strike, protesting after three of their former... [more]

Security staff at the Eiffel tower held a two-days strike, protesting after three of their former colleagues had been fired, allegedly for distributing a petition asking for better working conditions. Workers complained about a deterioration of their working conditions, their remuneration as well as intimidation of their employer, the security agency, Byblos Group. The Eiffel management stated that an agreement was found.

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With tens of thousands public sector workers on strike and hundred thousand taking to the street ... [more]

With tens of thousands public sector workers on strike and hundred thousand taking to the street in protests against the reform plans, president Macron has his first big test by the trade unions. The railway drivers went on strike in reaction to plans to reform the rail system and cut rail workers special employment rights. One of the fears expressed by the unions is that the rail system will be privatised (see our January newsletter). Railway unions are planning prolonged industrial action that could last until June. Besides the railway drivers also teachers, nurses, air traffic controllers and other public-sector staff went on strike accusing Macron of seeking to dismantle the state sector.

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After an earlier strike in February 2018, Air France unions voted in favour of further strikes. T... [more]

After an earlier strike in February 2018, Air France unions voted in favour of further strikes. The first one took place on Friday 23 March, leading to a cancellation of a quarter of the scheduled flights. The second strike action is planned on Friday March 30th, the eve of the Easter weekend. Unions demand a 6% pay rise but management so far offered only 1%. Unions state that while the company is making profits, salaries (including those of pilots) have not been increased since 2012.

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Trade unions at the supermarket giant Carrefour have called a strike and warned of supermarket cl... [more]

Trade unions at the supermarket giant Carrefour have called a strike and warned of supermarket closures and possible goods shortages after the group announced the future loss of thousands of jobs. The unions Force Ouvrière (FO) and CFDT called the strike for 31 March, in an attempt to influence the plans for the Carrefour supermarkets, warehouses and offices. According to the unions the plans are due to ‘shareholders’ attacks on jobs and rental-management, and the ‘hold up’ on profit-sharing’.

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The government is preparing a legal act that gives companies caught discriminating against women ... [more]

The government is preparing a legal act that gives companies caught discriminating against women over pay three years to close the gap or face fines. The social partners were informed and asked to come back with their advice within one month. The measure is part of a social reform bill due to be presented to the cabinet at the end of April. If passed by parliament, the measure will be rolled out by 2020. Men are still paid on average 9% more than women despite equal pay laws going back 45 years.

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Strike actions are being discussed by unions in reaction to Macron’s plans to reform rail system ... [more]

Strike actions are being discussed by unions in reaction to Macron’s plans to reform rail system and cut rail workers’ special employment rights. One of the fears of the unions had expressed is that the rail system will be privatised after an advisory report 10 days ago suggested turning SNCF into an autonomous company backed by public funds. The prime minister stated that SNCF would not be privatised but remains state-owned. But the plans for cutting rail workers’ special employment status seem to be very real. Many rail workers have jobs for life and, in some cases, the right to retire in their 50s – a decade earlier than other public workers. Under government plans, these historical privileges would not be applied to new rail staff.

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