The government of Emmanuel Macron has introduced its first labor reforms in France. They include:
Capping the damages judges can award to workers who have been wrongfully terminated at one month’s pay for every year of employment.
Raising the compensation for workers who are laid off for legitimate economic reasons by 25 percent.
Enabling employers to bypass union-dominated workers’ councils and call company-wide referendums on sensitive topics like overtime.
Allowing multinationals to lay off workers at loss-making French subsidiaries even if the foreign-based parent company is profitable.
After a summer of consultations, two of France’s three largest trade unions — the Democratic Confederation of Labor and Workers’ Force — have given their consent to the reforms. The hardline General Confederation of Labor remains opposed and has called a nationwide strike for September 12.
French president Emmanuel Macron has won support from the leaders of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia for reform of the EU’s posted-workers regime.
“We are prepared work with all our partners on a technical level to agree an adjustment of the Posted Workers Directive so that we can overcome the split in the EU,” Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka said following a four-nation summit in Salzburg.
German chancellor Angela Merkel’s party promises long-overdue investments in its election manifesto, but a plan for attracting high-skilled migrants is unconvincing.
The Christian Democrats, who are projected to win the most votes in September’s election, pledge to sustain recent increases in spending on digitalization and infrastructure and raise spending on research and development from 3 to 3.5 percent of the economy.
The Dutch election campaign is overshadowed by the rise of nationalist party leader Geert Wilders and his controversial views on the European Union and Islam.
But don’t overlook what could be one of the stickiest point in coalition talks after the election in March: the liberalization of the labor market.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberals, on the right, and the liberal Democrats, in the center, are both likely to be part of the next government. Both want to free up the labor market, but polls suggest that many of their voters agree with the left that liberalization has already gone too far. Read more “Dutch Feel Labor Market Liberalization Has Gone Too Far”