French workers keep fighting for their rights

This video from France says about itself:

LIVE: Trade unions hold protest demanding annulment of labour law in Paris

15 September 2016

French regional trade unions CGT, FO, FSU, Solidaires, UNEF, UNL and FIDL have called for a protest demanding the revocation of the new labour law in Paris, on Thursday, September 15.

Commonly referred to as the ‘El Khomri law,’ after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, the law was enacted by the French Parliament on August 8 after French Prime Minister Manuel Valls evoked an emergency decree to approve it in July despite huge protests that spread throughout the country opposing the reforms.

The new law concerns almost all aspects of the country’s labour laws, easing conditions for employers to hire and fire workers. Firms will also have greater freedoms to reduce workers’ pay and will be able to extend the working week from the current 35 hours to a maximum of 46 hours.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

CGT vows to keep up fight against labour law

Saturday 17th September 2016

MILITANT French trade union federation CGT warned yesterday that it will continue to do everything possible to block the Socialist government’s anti-union legislation.

The CGT pointed out that Thursday’s mass protests against the el-Khomri law, named after Employment Minister Myriam El-Khomri, had resulted in 110 demonstrations or gatherings across the country “at the call of seven organisations mobilised to continue to say No to the labour law.”

The federation said that, despite draconian security measures imposed by police, over 170,000 workers had flouted banning orders and hit the streets for the 14th time.

“The CGT will continue to fight on all terrain to prevent the implementation of this law, point by point, measure by measure, whether at local level in workplaces with working people or nationally before the courts.

“We shall continue to mobilise to block this law, which has not been voted in but has been imposed arbitrarily on the workers of this country.”

Hundreds of thousands march in new protest against French labour law: here.

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