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Emmanuel Macron puts cap on labour court payouts

Published : Sep 1, 2017, 5:56 am IST
Updated : Sep 1, 2017, 5:56 am IST

The reforms are ambitious, balanced and fair. They would help France make up for lost years of high unemployment, says Edouard Philippe.

Emmanuel Macron
 Emmanuel Macron

Paris: The French government said on Thursday it would cap unfair dismissal payouts and give companies more flexibility to adapt pay and working hours to market conditions in a labour reform France’s biggest union said was disappointing.

The reform, President Emmanuel Macron’s first major policy step since his election in May, is also the first big test of his plans to reform the euro zone’s second-biggest economy. For decades governments of the left and right have tried to reform France’s strict labour rules, but have always diluted them in the face of street protests.

The government said in a document presenting the reform that it will make it possible to adapt work time, remuneration and workplace mobility to market conditions based on agreementsreached by simplified majority between employers and workers.

Workers compensation for dismissal judged in a labour court to be unfair would be set at three months of wages for two-years in the company with the amount rising progressively depending on how long a worker was with the firm, unions said. However, normal severance pay would be increased from 20 per cent of wages for each year in a company to 25 percent, Liberation reported.

The government consulted with unions for weeks, and only the hardline CGT union, the country’s second biggest, said from the start that it would hold a protest, set for September.    

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