France -Unions and employers discuss permanent contracts for agency workers -March 4, 2013

Trade union and employer representatives have entered negotiations over the creation of a new type of contract that will aim to provide agency workers with more job security. If an agreement is reached, the derogation contract (contrat intérimaire) will be the third contract type in the country, next to the permanent contract and the fixed term contract. The new type of contract would allow temporary agencies to hire staff on permanent contracts, but still allow unequal payment between direct hires and agency workers as well as lower wages and fewer hours when no work is available.



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