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The trade union CGT announced that it was calling for a 24-hour strike by workers in the gas and ... [more]

The trade union CGT announced that it was calling for a 24-hour strike by workers in the gas and electricity supply industries over a pay dispute. It urged members to down tools so as to cause supply shortages and power plant outages. A union representative said proposals made by employers in pay negotiations were insufficient following salary freezes and tax increases that hit workers in 2017. The strike reduced electricity output by 1,000 megawatts.

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The government has published the act that introduces a maximum gross salary for doctors provided ... [more]

The government has published the act that introduces a maximum gross salary for doctors provided by temporary firms. The maximum remuneration of temporary doctors at public hospitals that are recruited to tackle shortages of staff will be set at 1,170.04 euro for a 24-hours period in 2020 (the maximum in 2018 will be 1,404.05 euro). Temporary employment agencies will have to provide information on healthcare providers about the qualifications, the authorised licenses and the non-accumulation of activities.

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Pilots at Air France's budget airline Hop! have threatened to strike during the end-of-year holid... [more]

Pilots at Air France's budget airline Hop! have threatened to strike during the end-of-year holiday period if negotiations over working conditions remain blocked. The biggest union among Air France pilots, SNPL has voted in favour of striking if negotiations over the working conditions at its regional subsidiary company Hop! do not move forward. The ongoing debate between the management and Hop! pilots includes a dispute over working hours, particularly concerning whether pilots should be asked to work with less than ten hours of break between the last flight of the day and the first of the morning, known as the ‘short nights’ system.

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Disruption to planes, trains, public transport services - and even national radio programmes - ha... [more]

Disruption to planes, trains, public transport services - and even national radio programmes - have been reported around the country as workers joined a fourth protest against President Macron's labour reforms. A total 170 demonstrations were to take place. Mr Macron used executive powers to sign the reforms into law at the end of September and published in the Journal Officiel. This latest round of protests took place ahead of a debate in Parliament on a bill to ratify those laws, which was to begin on Monday, November 20.

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In an extensive assessment of the economic development since the start of the economic crisis, pu... [more]

In an extensive assessment of the economic development since the start of the economic crisis, published by the statistical office Insee, several paragraphs are dedicated to the role and impact of collective bargaining. The authors conclude that the institutionalisation of labour relations does not tip the balance of power in favour of employees, especially during an economic crisis when the social dialogue can be used by management for its own purposes. In the chapter on wage income during the crisis it is noted that, while employment and wage adjustments have frequently gone hand in hand with collective bargaining, the latter seems to have facilitated rather than hindered these adjustments.

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Public sector workers went on strike against President Macron’s plans to cull jobs and toughen pa... [more]

Public sector workers went on strike against President Macron’s plans to cull jobs and toughen pay conditions, forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights and disrupting school activities. It is the first time in a decade that all unions representing more than 5 million public workers have rallied behind a protest call. Strike notices were lodged in schools, hospitals, airports and government ministries over plans to cut 120,000 jobs, freeze pay and reduce sick leave compensation.

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Thousands of pensioners demonstrated across the country over increases in their taxes, the latest... [more]

Thousands of pensioners demonstrated across the country over increases in their taxes, the latest group to take to the streets over President Macron's economic reforms. Around eight million pensioners on more than 1,200 euros a month will pay higher social security contributions from 2018 on as the government seeks to slash the budget deficit. The nine unions behind the protests said the increase, expected to bring in 20 billion euros in revenue, will set the elderly back hundreds of euros a year.

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The trade unions launched several days of strikes and protests in a row against planned labour re... [more]

The trade unions launched several days of strikes and protests in a row against planned labour reforms. The changes to the labour code, which runs to around 3,400 pages in some editions, give small businesses more flexibility to negotiate pay and conditions with their staff, instead of being bound by national agreements. They also make it easier to lay off employees and cap compensation awards for unfair dismissal while also giving higher pay-outs to workers made redundant. Trade union CGT published a position with four main areas of criticism.

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The trade unions have been involved from the scratch in an interesting automation process at Evia... [more]

The trade unions have been involved from the scratch in an interesting automation process at Evian. Evian unveiled a carbon-neutral bottling site in the French alps. The plant is not new, but rather the culmination of a six-year effort to modernise a facility Evian has since 1965. The management had 28 consultations with the local unions during the six-year construction project, all of which came back with a favourable result. According to the management, this shows that you can achieve a lot when the people are part of the project. The modernised factory includes multiple automation upgrades, but rather than issuing mass layoffs, the company was actually able to bring on new workers. With a broad-sweeping retraining initiative designed to empower employees 600 out of 1,200 jobs could be modified.

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All public service trade unions will join hands in central government administrations, municipal ... [more]

All public service trade unions will join hands in central government administrations, municipal town halls, public care institutions and hospitals. The workers fight for better pay. They oppose plans to scrap ten thousands of jobs and reject the privatisation of public services. The opposition of the workers against the plans of the government are well rooted in the day to day experience at workplaces. And each crisis shows how essential public service workers are to maintain good governance and administration and provide health, energy, water and so many other services we rely upon in our societies.

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