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I think since a lot of the crowd that sees this message board follows Euro-cycling some, and France is a big part of that, it is interesting to talk about what's going on with the labor laws over there.

In case anyone missed it, some protestors stopped the Paris-Nice temporarily one day. This thing could spill over into Paris-Roubaix easy, and who knows from there?

So, it's my understanding that the law change would make it easier to fire employees under the age of 26 much easier. So, is France not an "at-will" nation/state? I mean, employers here in the states can stiff your a$$ with only a sneeze, no reason needed. Why is this so ground-breaking?
 

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france has the highest unemployment rates of europe.. the new laws are a weak try at lightening the burden at the employers since europe social democracies are very protective of their workers privileges... and france economy is bad right now.
the protesters are right but at the same time they are shooting them feet badly; the new laws make it easier to dismiss anyone under 26 but makes it easier to employ as well.
once the communist block went kapput, all the ex socialists are free to compete in the globalized market w/ cheap unprotected labour in neop 3rd world countries like rumania, poland etc.. they make american and european workforce obsolete. it's a fvcked up reality.
 

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and protestors

stopping bike races in France is nothing new. happened during Hinaults reign, Merkx's
 

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Once you have been hired in France......

after like 90 days of employment, it is incredibly difficult to terminate you and/or very expensive....it becomes almost a "Job for life". France has a high unemployment rate, especially among the young. It is beleived that because of these rules, French employers are reluctant to hire.

One proposed solution to this is a law that says for someone hired who is under (Ithink it's) 26 YO, these rules would be relaxed, thereby encouraging more hiring. The youths affected believe that they have a right to the old system, hence the protests.

This is a pretty volitale issue in France right now.

The details may be wrong, but tgenerally it's something close to this.

Len
 

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Len J said:
after like 90 days of employment, it is incredibly difficult to terminate you and/or very expensive....it becomes almost a "Job for life". France has a high unemployment rate, especially among the young. It is beleived that because of these rules, French employers are reluctant to hire.

One proposed solution to this is a law that says for someone hired who is under (Ithink it's) 26 YO, these rules would be relaxed, thereby encouraging more hiring. The youths affected believe that they have a right to the old system, hence the protests.

This is a pretty volitale issue in France right now.

The details may be wrong, but tgenerally it's something close to this.

Len
there's a thread on this in PO now as well...basically I'm no expert on French employment laws, but I'm guessing that employees over there have much more job security than we do here. We're used to working and knowing we can be canned any day (unless you have a contract). The French--not so much. I don't see why a balance can't be struck. I wish we had more job security here and maybe they have too much there and deadbeats stay at jobs they should have been fired from long ago.
 

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Bocephus Jones II said:
there's a thread on this in PO now as well...basically I'm no expert on French employment laws, but I'm guessing that employees over there have much more job security than we do here. We're used to working and knowing we can be canned any day (unless you have a contract). The French--not so much. I don't see why a balance can't be struck. I wish we had more job security here and maybe they have too much there and deadbeats stay at jobs they should have been fired from long ago.

no no no, its just lazy french students getting the govt to give them free showers
(water cannon are wicked effective BTW ).......
 

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no no no, its just lazy french students getting the govt to give them free showers
(water cannon are wicked effective BTW ).......
yeah...KPCW threw in stinky as well..gotta bash those French--then again should we be so pizzed off since they knew Bush was blowing smoke up our butts to start the war even when the American public didn't.

// this thread heading to PO in 5, 4, 3....
 

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Bocephus Jones II said:
. I wish we had more job security here and maybe they have too much there and deadbeats stay at jobs they should have been fired from long ago.

I think we used to have that system in America. It was called the Union. Of course, that was a long time ago.
 
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