France - Causes of the decrease in union membership - September 30, 2019

A survey published by France’s human rights defender, an independent administrative authority, revealed that a “fear of reprisal” was cited as the most common reason for employees’ low-engagement in trade unions. A large majority of those surveyed said their trade union activities had a negative impact for their professional growth and said they felt discriminated against by their employers. The survey highlighted the main causes for the decrease of trade union membership in France since the 1950s, which is now one of the lowest rates of unionised employees in the European Union. But for most of the 19th century, trade unions achieved some major accomplishments for workers’ rights.

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