Macron signs off on con­tro­ver­sial re­form

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

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.

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