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France is set for Labour Law Change

The French government has started its overhaul of outdated and rigid labour laws.

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The changes are set to make it easier for French employers to recruit as well as fire. Of course, not everyone is happy with the proposed changes, planned protests are expected to start next month.

The unemployment rate in France stands at 9.5%, far higher than any other large European country. The reforms are expected to cut the rate below 7%.

One of the biggest proposed changes is for more power to be given to companies when negotiating salaries and working conditions. Workers will also be encouraged to join committees that can by-pass Trade Unions. The other large change will focus around making it easier for employers to dismiss workers without fear of attending tribunals for unfair dismissal.

The reforms will certainly be looked upon with interest from other countries, those who have employment issues of their own.