France -Controversial debate on unemployment benefits -October 13, 2014

Members of the incoming government have stated that the country’s costly unemployment benefit system needs further reforms. The unemployment rate is stuck above 10% despite billions of euro spent on subsidised jobs, and the country is under pressure of the EU partners to show it can implement reform.

Members of the incoming government have stated that the country’s costly unemployment benefit system needs further reforms. The unemployment rate is stuck above 10% despite billions of euro spent on subsidised jobs, and the country is under pressure of the EU partners to show it can implement reform. The statements suggest reducing the amount paid out as well as the length of time allowances are paid out for, with the aim of encouraging people back into work. Other suggestions include family allowances, child benefit and parental leave. But, the system is managed by trade unions and employers through agreements, so any reform will have to be negotiated by those two groups, which will no doubt be fraught.

English: http://www.thelocal.fr/20141010/frances-welfare-state-set-to-get-stingier

http://www.france24.com/en/20141013-france-macron-unemployment-benefits-reform ...   

 

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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