Lower house clears the way for Macron’s la­bor over­haul

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

PARIS | France’s lower house of par­lia­ment has given its green light to new Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s pro­posed la­bor re­form, a highly sen­si­tive issue in the coun­try.

The bill, adopted Tues­day by 421 votes against 74 at the Na­tional Assem­bly, al­lows the gov­ern­ment to use a special pro­ce­dure to pass the re­form more quickly. It is ex­pected to get the de­fin­i­tive vote by the Se­nate on Thursday.

The gov­ern­ment wants to cap the fi­nan­cial penalty for com­pa­nies sued for fir­ing em­ploy­ees and to give busi­nesses more flex­i­bil­ity to de­fine in­ter­nal work­ing rules.

De­tails are to be un­veiled in late Au­gust and the gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to pass the se­ries of mea­sures by the end of Septem­ber.

Protests are al­ready sched­uled in Septem­ber, with some unions say­ing the re­forms weaken work­ers’ pro­tec­tion.

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