France - Public service unions sign new agreement - April 6, 2011

Public service federations have been trying for some time to negotiate improved rights for around 900,000 workers in central and local government and the health service who have employment contracts rather than full civil service status. Although the unions want to see more of these workers given civil service status they have signed the current agreement in order to provide more protection for those on contracts. They are also pleased that the agreement acknowledges that civil service status should be the normal state of affairs in the three parts of the public sector.


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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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