Macron signs off on controversial reform
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has signed five decrees paving the way to the implementation of labour law measures aimed at boosting economic growth. The move Friday comes as unions and political opponents stage a series of street protests, fearing the reforms will weaken hard-won worker protections.
The labour market overhaul is the central pillar in Macron’s promises to create jobs and make the country more globally competitive.
The measures aim to make it easier for firms to hire and fire, simplify negotiations between employers and employees and reduce the power of national collective bargaining.