: Students prepare new protests against French labour reforms
Politics16:24 Mar. 16, 2016

Students prepare new protests against French labour reforms

France prepares for another round of protests this Thursday

French students in the capital are preparing for a mass protest on Thursday against proposed labor reforms. Students say they feel personally affected by the government's far-reaching labor reforms.

Last week, thousands of students took to the streets of Paris to protest. Most hope the movement will lead to the withdrawal of the law.

Hippolyte Carriere, student: "As a young person, we consider that young people are the first affected by this law as we are about to enter the working world. We're never going to have access to a CDI (long-term contract) or to nice working conditions, because we're going to be in a precarious situation from the beginning. Today eighty percent of new hires are short term contracts (CDD). So students will suffer the negative impact of this law."

The proposed reforms put almost all aspects of the country's strictly codified labour relations rules up for negotiation.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday unveiled a revised labour reform bill that makes concessions to trade unions following the mass protests. But the French government failed to convince student organizations of the merits of its labour reform plans.

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