Posts by Heather Connolly

Heather Connolly, Associate Professor of Employment Relations, School of Business, University of Leicester

Macron’s labour reforms are a major test for France’s trade unions

Heather Connolly

President Macron’s extensive labour reforms are part of a programme of state-led liberalization which will shift the balance of power towards employers and test trade union strength and unity It is difficult to overestimate the significance of the current labour reforms in France, for employers, workers and their representatives. The Government seems fully aware of the significance and the potential … Continue reading

13 November 2017 by Heather Connolly
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Labour struggles and acts of physical and symbolic violence

Heather Connolly

The ‘shirt ripping’ Air France trial highlights the usefulness of Bourdieu’s analysis to understanding conflicts within financialised capitalism On November 30th 2016 suspended sentences were handed down by a French court to three former Air France employees.  The three men received the sentences after having been found guilty of violent conduct for having attacked two Air France executives after a … Continue reading

9 January 2017 by Heather Connolly
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Resisting Labour Reforms in France

Heather Connolly

The current industrial action will test the ‘reactionary radicalism’ of French unions and the Government’s ability to introduce reforms On 4th November 2015, France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, launched reforms designed to rewrite the labour code.  France’s labour code is more than 3,500 pages long in its latest edition, plus vast amounts of supplementary case law.  This fact makes … Continue reading

16 June 2016 by Heather Connolly
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Social exclusion and labour rights in the banlieues of Paris: Part II

Heather Connolly

Trade union support for undocumented migrant workers is taking place in an atmosphere of growing stigmatisation and social tension Last month I returned to the banlieues of Paris on a research visit hosted by CRESPPA-CSU, four months after the November attacks, and during the week of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22nd March.  Whilst in Paris issues of social … Continue reading

14 April 2016 by Heather Connolly
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Failures and fiascos in public sector outsourcing: will governments never learn?

Heather Connolly

A review of What a Waste: Outsourcing and how it goes wrong With increasing numbers of failures and fiascos of outsourced contracts hitting the headlines, the question ‘when will governments ever learn?’ springs readily to mind. A hard-hitting new book, by researchers at CRESC/Manchester Capitalism, entitled What a Waste: Outsourcing and how it goes wrong have criticised the ‘disastrous’ practice … Continue reading

9 March 2016 by Heather Connolly
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Social exclusion and labour rights in the banlieues of Paris

Heather Connolly

Trade unions can support the integration of migrants and minorities in France and must do so more actively in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks The terrorist attacks in Paris have again highlighted the problem of social divisions in France and the extent to which they lead to feelings of exclusion that in some way incite violent responses. It appears … Continue reading

16 December 2015 by Heather Connolly
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