France -Collective agreements and displacement of production -November 05, 2015

The Court of appeal ruled in a case of displacement of production (from a site in Rungis to plants in the Paris neighbourhood) that workers could not refer to the regional metal sector collective agreement to refuse displacement. The agreement provided (in article 3) the right to be notified in advance of every change of the employment relationship at the workplace and, if not accepted by the worker, had to be seen as a breach by the employer of this relationship. According to the Court the articles of the collective agreement only mean that in case of non-acceptance by the worker, the employer is free to start a formal procedure for dismissal. Besides the Court notes that the employer gave enough time to the workers to adapt to the new situation.

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The Court interpretation (in French):

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