Clashes erupt as French unions take to the streets against labour reform

Clashes erupt as French unions take to the streets against labour reform

Clashes erupted on Thursday as thousands of demonstrators protesting against a controversial labour law took to the streets of Paris and cities across France. The interior ministry said 32 people had been arrested in connection with the violence. France’s main CGT union estimated that 40,000 people had turned out to protest in Paris by mid-afternoon. […]

Unions to defy government ban on French labour protest march

Unions to defy government ban on French labour protest march

French authorities on Monday asked unions to scrap plans for a protest march in Paris and limit their demonstrations to a single, static rally in hope that the violence which marred previous days of action can be avoided. Unions have been organizing protest marches for months against a draft law that will overhaul labor rules. […]

Police clash with demonstrators in Paris amid fresh labour reform protests

Police clash with demonstrators in Paris amid fresh labour reform protests

French police arrested at least 58 people in Paris on Tuesday as student groups and unions once again marched against contested labour reforms. Tens of thousands of people rallied in the French capital and across the country as unions and student groups refused to yield in a months-long labour row. French unions said 1 million […]

France’s small businesses vent fury at unions behind crippling strikes

France’s small businesses vent fury at unions behind crippling strikes

  France’s small businesses are angry at the crippling strikes and protests spearheaded by unions against proposed reforms to labour laws aimed at liberalising the employment sector. The impact of widespread industrial action, from public transport strikes to blockades of oil refineries, is being felt acutely by the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which […]

Unions warn that workers face a £38 a week wage cut if Britain leaves EU

Unions warn that workers face a £38 a week wage cut if Britain leaves EU

“At a time of continuing hardship, Brexit would be a disaster for working people – for our wages, for our jobs and for our rights” Workers face a £38-a-week wage cut if Britain quits the EU, unions warns today. A TUC report says manufacturing will slump into “steep decline” – hitting jobs as well as […]