France - Warm autumn with strikes and protests looms - August 31, 2017

In his election manifesto president Macron pledged to use a special presidential decree to force through measures making it easier, among other things, for employers to hire and fire. He has a clear parliamentary majority, so the biggest menace to Macron’s plans comes from the unions and the street. Trade unions are very suspicious about the proposed labour law changes, which include capping industrial tribunal payments and allowing employers to negotiate with unions at local rather than national level – a threat to collective bargaining that is the motor of trade union power.

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