12 September 2017
Mr. Emmanuel Macron
President of the Republic
Palais de L’Élysée
55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Dear Mr. Macron,
In behalf of the 100,000 members of SENTRO, I write to protest the so-called “extra-large labour law,” which is a follow-up to, and an amplification of the so-called “El-Khomri Labour Law” that would lead to further deterioration of working life and conditions in France.
We were informed by the CGT that the new “labour reform” would grant more room to company level bargaining on all aspects of work, thereby turning upside down the current standards that regulate labour relations. These company agreements would even take precedence over the contract of employment, which would lead to different work regulations in different companies and thereby ratchet up competition between workers. This would also promote the employment of casual contracts (short-term or temporary), further encourage the development of operations contracts (or assignment contracts of limited duration) and allow employers to unfairly and illegally dismiss workers as legal claims of workers would now be capped.
To make matters worst, the government aims to allow employers to bargain even without representative unions by holding a referendum that they could organize.
At the same time, the government will undermine workers’ representation by merging three existing bodies where workers participate – staff representative, works’ council and health and safety committee – into one. It is feared that such a move will marginalize health and safety issues as second-rank matters.
We were also informed that your government denied unions their right to be consulted in a meaningful manner by merely providing them with oral information abut the proposed changes and were given only 6 hours per union for “consultation.”
We believe that these “labour reforms” would only give employers more freedom to intensify workers’ vulnerability, increase casualization, undermine workers’ rights and leave the unions with less room for participation in decision-making.
We call on your government to heed the demands of the CGT and the French working people – revoke the “El-Khomri Labour Law” and the “extra-large labour law.”