The Greatest Challenge for Emanuel Macron
The French labor code is one of the longest books in the country. According to the New York Times, the French Labor code is 3,324 pages long and more pages are still being added. Out of these pages, the New York Times reported that 170 pages deal with how firings should be done. Another 420 pages deal with security as well as health. The Times continued that 85 pages deal with collective negotiations while 50 deal with temporary work. This is not the end as there are more that are concerned with specific industries, wages as well as overseas departments and many more issues. For those who don’t know, the labor code in France is known as the Code du Travail. It has been reported that the French Unions hold this code as a sacred book. On the other hand, employers have used this as an excuse for failing to hire more workers. If there is a costly and difficult thing in the country, it’s firing an employee thanks to the rules that have been put in place by the labor code. This is the reason why Emanuel Macron was chosen to become the French President. He promised the people of France that he would revitalize the economy by changing the labor code by September.
In the past, Emmanuel Macron has been said to be sympathetic to business. His critics and supporters say that the failure or success in changing the labor code will be the greatest test that he will ever face as the French president. Many people say that the young president is trying to introduce French capitalism. Many people in France feel that the labor code is the root of the high rates of unemployment in the country. However, this will not be an easy task as the French people have the habit of taking to the streets whenever the government proposes major changes to the economy. Most of these cases have resulted to violet union demonstrations. This is a major concern for the president who wants to bring back worker protection so that he can increase his approval ratings that are decreasing each day. Emanuel Macron faces an uphill task as he tries to change court decisions and laws that go back two centuries ago. On their part, the trade unions have not misunderstood what they stand for, and this is the reason why they are currently engaged in talks with the government.
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