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Industrial relations

I can’t find the story anywhere else than here so apologies in advance for any nausea occasioned. En V.O. ici.

In summary : 60 employees of Serta, a haulage company on the verge of bankruptcy, are threatening to pollute the Seine with petrol additive, in the hope that the commercial court will approve bankruptcy rather than accept one of the two take-over offers. If the workers do get the 15,000 Euro per head payoff that they desire, they could be fined up to 100,000 E or be imprisoned for seven years on charges of extortion.

The snippet on the radio that I heard ( yes been driving again) explained that the workers would prefer to take redundancy than work for an unscrupulous employer who would coerce them into falsifying the tachograph etc.

Mind you, here in France, provided you had a permanent contract ( CDI) which are harder and harder to find, you get 2 years full pay if made redundant. The current government are trying to bring that down to 1 year.

Many entrepreneurial French youngsters go to London/the States/Canada for work as finding that all-important first job is getting harder and harder.



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