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Macron’s railway reforms: the ultimate test for French trade unionism

Heather Connolly

Railway trade unions have begun three months of rolling strikes from April-June 2018 against reforms to their employment rights. The outcome of this dispute will be decisive for the government and its ability to make further reforms, and for the very future of the French trade union movement It was only a matter of time before the status of cheminot … Continue reading

19 April 2018 by
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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
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The collapse of France’s Socialist Party amidst the Macron surge

With Macron dominant and the left divided, the future of a devastated Socialist Party is extremely unclear The Presidential and legislative elections in France this year delivered arguably the most dramatic upheaval in the French party system since the foundation of the Fifth Republic in 1958. Unprecedentedly, the sitting President did not to attempt to run for re-election, whilst the … Continue reading

26 July 2017 by
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Falling through the gaps: insecure work and the social safety net

Jane Mansour

Labour market support systems need to adapt to better support the growing number of workers in vulnerable employment Vulnerable employment, with workers experiencing high levels of precariousness, is a global phenomenon.  The ILO projects global growth in vulnerable forms of employment to grow by 11 million a year.  The impacts of this are being felt across developed, emerging and developing … Continue reading

9 May 2017 by
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The unravelling of Hollande’s ‘anti-austerity’ programme and the crisis of French socialism

Sean McDaniel

With the failure of Hollande’s promise of ‘le changement’, ahead of this year’s elections the French Socialists find themselves severely weakened and maybe even at breaking point France heads to the polls in the spring to elect its new president. The uncertainty surrounding the election, wherein far right leader Marine Le Pen and the youthful centrist Emmanuel Macron are both … Continue reading

26 January 2017 by
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