France ‘no more’ heaven of workers: amidst protest, govt clears labour reform

With lower ‘working hours’ and better ‘employee protection’, until recently France was considered as the heaven of working class. But, now, the French government is confidently marching to embrace a radical labour reform that largely makes compromises on the rich labour-friendly culture of the country. Recently, President Francois Hollande had introduced the labour reform bill, which seeks to mope out stricter labour laws. Fearing a defeat, the supremo extensively used his special power to clear the bill without a popular approval from parliament. As per the bill, the French government will ditch its, widely acclaimed, thirty-five working hour system and job and fair-wage guarantee along with other stricter labour-friendly laws. It seems that the socialist government of the country is currently trying to woo the conglomerates by sacrificing the employee’s basic rights. As per reports, all major cities across the country, including Paris, witnessed strong protest against the unfair labour laws. The opposition, conservatives, along with far-leftist faction demanded immediate resignation of the supremo, report added. In several cities, the young protesters have made rough confrontation with the police forces. In several occasions, the officials have had to use tear gases and rubber bullets to disperse the violent mob. It is learned that the socialist government is facing flak from its own members for implementing an unfair labour reform. Meanwhile, the government clarifies that the new reform will help the country to generate numerous employment opportunities. However, with the new law, the conglomerates can now make negotiations on working hours, personal leaves, and wages. Experts say that the new law will derail the worker-friendly atmosphere of the country. A non-confidential motion is the only hope to block the execution of the law, they added. And, it will not be an easy method, they further added.


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