The french labor reform: a story of power relations, fears and incoherences


The French labor reform triggered controversies and serious opposition from labor unions and students. The draft bill, envisioning to help firms getting around easier the 35-hour work week, limiting severance payouts and reducing unions’ power to block company moves, has as an objective to safeguard and promote the competitiveness of businesses operating in France by giving them enhanced flexibility when hiring and dismissing workers. Continue reading