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French u-turn on labour law a lesson for us all - Bairbre de Brún

10 April, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today welcomed the French Government decision to scrap a controversial employment law "as a victory for workers across the EU".

After weeks of demonstrations by the trade unions and students and amidst concerns that it would have made it easier for employers to sack young workers, the law was axed.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"I want to welcome today's decision by the French Government to scrap a piece of employment law which would have essentially allowed employers to put those under 26 years of age on probation and sack them without explanation.

"For a number of weeks, students and trade unions mobilised in opposition to a piece of legislation which would given employers an unacceptable hold over young workers. Whether workers are in struggle in Paris or Dublin it is important that we voice our concerns about such unacceptable treatment and practices.

"Over this past number of years there has been a relentless drive towards eroding the rights and conditions of employees in favour of the employer. However, there is also a fight-back occurring across Europe to this type of EU, and what it stands for. Opposition to the EU Services Directive, Port Services Directive and the treatment of the GAMA workers amongst others, is further proof that people do care about our public services and the protection of the rights of our workers." ENDS

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