France -Agreement on right ‘to be disconnected’ -April 09, 2014

Employers' organisations and trade unions have signed a legally binding collective agreement that will require employers to make sure staff ‘disconnect’ outside of working hours.

Employers' organisations and trade unions have signed a legally binding collective agreement that will require employers to make sure staff ‘disconnect’ outside of working hours. The deal obliges staff to disconnect from work calls and emails after working hours to ensure they receive the full minimum rest periods already mandated in national employment regulations but there is no particular time at which they are required to do so. Under the deal, which affects directly around 250,000 employees in the technology and consultancy sectors (including the French arms of Google, Facebook, Deloitte and PwC), employees will also have to resist the temptation to look at work-related material on their computers or smartphones. Companies must ensure that their employees come under no pressure to do so. In the British press this has led to an exposure of the most hackneyed clichés about France

English: http://www.theguardian.com/money/shortcuts ...                      

http://www.thelocal.fr/20140411/france-emails-ban-6pm-35-hour-week

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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