France - The future dialogue with Macron - May 31, 2017

Days after the election of the new president, several activists, unionists and students took the streets giving a clear signal to the start of Macron's presidency. A few weeks later, Macron invited employers and trade unions for a first meeting. His first major agenda item is the overhauling of the labour code, an item that led to massive street protests in 2016, resulting in the watering down of several measures. The reforms caused a deep rift within society, leaving the government to bypass parliament to ram through the law. Unions criticise a hasty reform and fear a rat race between companies resulting in social dumping practices.

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