France - Unions united in boycott of social dialogue meeting - February 15, 2010

The seven main public sector federations have issued a joint statement explaining their decision to stay away from the state civil service committee meeting on 11 February, in protest at the government's insistence that the meeting should discuss its new regulations on restructuring. The new decree will reduce civil servants' rights in the case of a restructuring so that they will have to accept more or less any job rather than remain in the area in which they currently work. The unions argue that this is part of the wider measures introduced by the government which will lead to a reduction in public sector employment and will threaten the delivery of services.

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