France - Chemical union supports training agreement - August 10, 2009

The Federation Chimie Energie CFDT (FCE-CFDT) has pledged full support for the national framework agreement, reached between the Union des Industries Chimiques (UIC) and the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Employment. The agreement outlines the responsibilities of companies facing difficulties during the current economic and financial crisis.

Companies are encouraged to expand training programs for employees, to avoid redundancies, and to develop skills. The French state has made a commitment of Euro 8.5 million for the implementation of the programmes outlined in the agreement, until December 2011. The FCE-CFDT will ensure, in particular, that this training development plan will benefit the most vulnerable workers and the companies truly facing serious financial difficulties.

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