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French PM says wants more labour conditions set at company level
June 6, 2017 / 2:06 PM / 6 months ago

French PM says wants more labour conditions set at company level

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday said he wanted labour reforms to allow a wider range of working conditions to be set inside companies rather than at sectoral level, anticipating a degree of opposition from unions.

“We won’t agree on everything, but we must make progress,” Philippe said in a statement, confirming that executive decrees would be used to push the reforms through by the end of the summer following negotiations with the unions.

An attempt by the then-Socialist government last year to overhaul the labour code was met with nationwide street protests. The latest move to ease labour regulations will be a test of newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron’s ability to push through his reformist agenda.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Richard Lough; Editing by Andrew Callus

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