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The government increased the minimum legal monthly salary requirement (SMIC) to €1,539.42 per mon... [more]

The government increased the minimum legal monthly salary requirement (SMIC) to €1,539.42 per month (a rise of 1.2%). The SMIC is the minimum legal salary for all workers in France. It is fixed as an hourly rate, with the monthly rate calculated assuming a 35-hour week.

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A transport stoppage that has caused daily travel problems for millions of people in France surpa... [more]

A transport stoppage that has caused daily travel problems for millions of people in France surpassed the duration of a 1995 strike whose success unions are hoping to repeat. With no end in sight, train and metro transport was severely disrupted in Paris and on regional lines, as railway workers stayed off the job too. Talks between unions and the government failed to find common ground, and a new day of mass protest has been called for January 9 – two days after negotiations are set to resume.

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The government and unions are to face-off over controversial pension reforms, 14 days into a crip... [more]

The government and unions are to face-off over controversial pension reforms, 14 days into a crippling transport strike that has damaged businesses, frustrated commuters and cast a shadow over holiday plans. After hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets, both sides stood firm prior to a series of meetings. Union leaders have vowed to continue their action into the new year as the government defended its plan to forge the country’s 42 pension schemes into a single, points-based system.

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Proposals to change the pension system have provoked mass strikes across France, bringing some pa... [more]

Proposals to change the pension system have provoked mass strikes across France, bringing some parts of the country to a virtual standstill. But just how good do the French have it when it comes to pensions? In terms of retirement age French workers do pretty well - the legal age of 62 is one of the lowest in Europe, according to data from economic forum the OECD. Currently, in terms of how much they receive, French workers also do well with the average pension equivalent to 74% of the person's salary at the time they retired - one of the most generous in Europe and well above the OECD average of 58%.

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The French government is determined to push ahead with its pension reform, even if this means tha... [more]

The French government is determined to push ahead with its pension reform, even if this means that strikes could block parts of France. That is because the rail workers’ General Confederation of Labour (CGT-Cheminots) initially called for an unlimited strike to take place on 5 December, to protest against the amendment of the special pension schemes included in the government’s reform. Most of the major unions have joined the movement: the General Confederation of Labour (CGT), Workers’ Force (FO) and France’s main trade union in the education sector, the FSU. The French group of trade unions Solidaires and the teachers’ union SE-UNSA also joined the call.

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From next year on, authorities, working together with employers, will identify industries lacking... [more]

From next year on, authorities, working together with employers, will identify industries lacking qualified candidates and facilitate the hiring of foreigners to fill the gap, the Labour Minister said. Currently, employers have to justify why a French citizen cannot be hired in a complex administrative process, which resulted in around 33,000 economic migrants being granted visas last year. Construction, hotels and restaurants, and some retailing sectors have long complained of a shortage of people willing to take what is often low-paying work.

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The unemployed population fell by 46,600 in September. In this respect, the third quarter was the... [more]

The unemployed population fell by 46,600 in September. In this respect, the third quarter was the best since 2007. However, if strikes were to increase in number, they could shorten what remains of positive momentum before the slowdown announced for 2020. The September figure brings the fall in unemployment to 55,900 in the third quarter.

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Millions of French workers fear they will be worse off under the pension reform. Earlier in Septe... [more]

Millions of French workers fear they will be worse off under the pension reform. Earlier in September workers at RATP, the Paris public transport network that also has its own pension scheme, staged a big walkout that shut 10 of the capital’s 16 metro lines. Unions have called for another strike by RATP and SNCF railway workers starting on December 5.

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There are changes coming in October to simplify the individual retirements savings plan ‘plan épa... [more]

There are changes coming in October to simplify the individual retirements savings plan ‘plan épargne retraite individuel (PERi)’. Separate to the state pension, this allows employees to save for their retirement, but it has been criticised for being too complicated, especially for people who switch between the public and private sectors during their careers. The French government is pushing for ambitious reforms to the French pension system, which has already put it on a collision course with unions.

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A survey published by France’s human rights defender, an independent administrative authority, re... [more]

A survey published by France’s human rights defender, an independent administrative authority, revealed that a “fear of reprisal” was cited as the most common reason for employees’ low-engagement in trade unions. A large majority of those surveyed said their trade union activities had a negative impact for their professional growth and said they felt discriminated against by their employers. The survey highlighted the main causes for the decrease of trade union membership in France since the 1950s, which is now one of the lowest rates of unionised employees in the European Union. But for most of the 19th century, trade unions achieved some major accomplishments for workers’ rights.

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