The conflict on the labour law reforms in France is currently one of the most burning issues in the Eurozone. We are witnessing a very sharp confrontation in one of the most powerful Eurozone countries: On the one side, the establishment tries to impose far-reaching ‘liberalization’ measures directed among other goals, at undermining collective bargaining –even if pushing them through requires a bypassing of current parliamentary rules. On the other hand, the French unions, movements and Civil Society have taken the streets in an impressive mobilization that has repeatedly brought the country to a standstill.
Despite the appearances, this is not just a domestic issue: Kenneth Haar, from Corporate Europe Observatory, has just published a very important analysis on the role of the EU- and the Eurozone-framework in bringing about these reforms. Haar’s report shows how the economic governance framework pushed through on the wake of the Eurozone crisis since 2010 creates very concrete pressure on France to implement exactly these reforms. [Read more…]