It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

BUSINESS: France Dismantles Its 35-Hour Workweek

page: 1
0

log in

join
share:

posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 12:15 AM
link   
Cited when enacted as both a quality of life issue along with a attempt to force employers to hire more workers, France is set to abandon its 35 hour work week. Initially put forth by the previous Socialist government, it has had little impact with unemployment running at near 10 percent. A parliamentary study has indicated that the 35 hour week has cost France upwards of $13 billion a year.
 



story.news.yahoo.com
PARIS - Sophie Guilbaud not only holds a full-time job, she also helps run her son's nursery and treats herself to regular weekdays of shopping, movies and art shows. The secret to her balancing act is a remarkable piece of social engineering — France's 35-hour workweek. Introduced under the Socialists but headed for effective abolition by lawmakers Tuesday, "les 35 heures" have been a boon for some but, critics argue, a big drain on the economy.

Heated debate over dismantling the working time law has fed into wider political and literary soul-searching in France, on themes ranging from the country's economic frailty and bureaucratic office culture to whether quality of life should be measured in time or money.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Its not surprising that they are forced to abandon this as the global marketplace becomes more and more competitive. However it begs the question about if the companies can even afford to pay thier workers for more hours? If France is anything like the U.S. these companies have become adept at squeezing 40 hours of work while only paying for 35 and that may be a tough give for the companies too. I do not expect the high unemployment to go away soon.




posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 12:19 AM
link   
Where do I go to attain French citzenship? Am I correct in that it means citizens can only work 35 hours a week?



posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 12:49 AM
link   
No, you could get 35hrs, now they have abandoned it.



posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 12:51 AM
link   

Originally posted by National Security Agency
Where do I go to attain French citzenship? Am I correct in that it means citizens can only work 35 hours a week?


You may want to read the article


I work 36 hours a week and I am considered fulltime (thats when I work 12's) when I am on 24 hour shifts its feast or famine 24 to 48 hours a week.

[edit on 3/22/05 by FredT]



posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 01:07 AM
link   
smart move, 35 hours is too little IMO. 40 hours is a healthy amount. I think the avg American and Aussie work around the same ours, about 44 on average.

thanks,
drfunk



posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 12:26 PM
link   


smart move, 35 hours is too little IMO. 40 hours is a healthy amount. I think the avg American and Aussie work around the same ours, about 44 on average.


Smart move!? It's not because Americans, Canadians and Australians have the 40 hours plus scheme that it is healthy... Many european countries have 30-35 hours weeks with one month of paid vacations or more, and they,re a lot more healthier, on the familiy and social aspect than in North America. What's healthy for the pockets of businessmens is not always healthy for the workers themselves, and if Americans and Canadians had shorter working weeks, then have more time to spent raising their childrens, socialize and HAVE A DAMN LIFE! Moreover, shorter working hours also means hiring more people to do the same jobs, but that's not what the execs want... it would represent less profits for them.

30-35 hours weeks are not an issue, it's the rude 40 hours a week, 9 to 5 jobs that are draining the life and health out of Americans.



posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 01:19 PM
link   
Yes they have 30 - 35 hour work weeks, but their unemployment rates and tax structure make our current levels look like a cake walk. Its the trade off of socialism, do you want to have a chance to succeed a lot with the chance of failure, or a guaranteed mid level of everything from education to jobs. At least, thats how it was explained to me by the German consulate.



posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 01:49 PM
link   
I am very fortunate. I work 37 hours a week and get 25 days paid holiday a year. It would be nice if everyone had the option of working less hours, not possible though.



posted on Mar, 23 2005 @ 03:24 AM
link   
I decided to have a closer look at this, they are not in fact scraping or dismantling the 35 hour working week, it will still remain standard.


The new law does not scrap the 35-hour week - it still applies in France's large public sector and it will remain the standard working week in the private sector.


The new law allows up to 13 hours overtime which is the maximum allowed by the European Union. In other words people can work up to 48 hours a week.


A poll earlier this year showed that the majority of French workers did not want to work longer hours, with only 18% saying they did.


So more than likely few people will take advantage of the new regulations. The 18% apparentley consisted mainly of workers such as lorry drivers.

However those on low paid jobs likely will be pleased at the oppurtunity to up their income if they wish to. This is of course if the employers offer such work, as it will have to be paid at a higher rate.

news.bbc.co.uk...

Video: news.bbc.co.uk...#

news.bbc.co.uk...



[edit on 23-3-2005 by Kriz_4]

[edit on 23-3-2005 by Kriz_4]



posted on Mar, 23 2005 @ 09:01 PM
link   

Originally posted by Echtelion



smart move, 35 hours is too little IMO. 40 hours is a healthy amount. I think the avg American and Aussie work around the same ours, about 44 on average.


Smart move!? It's not because Americans, Canadians and Australians have the 40 hours plus scheme that it is healthy... Many european countries have 30-35 hours weeks with one month of paid vacations or more, and they,re a lot more healthier, on the familiy and social aspect than in North America. What's healthy for the pockets of businessmens is not always healthy for the workers themselves, and if Americans and Canadians had shorter working weeks, then have more time to spent raising their childrens, socialize and HAVE A DAMN LIFE! Moreover, shorter working hours also means hiring more people to do the same jobs, but that's not what the execs want... it would represent less profits for them.

30-35 hours weeks are not an issue, it's the rude 40 hours a week, 9 to 5 jobs that are draining the life and health out of Americans.


Thank you for the rant. I totally agree with you. I wish I didn't have to work so much for so little. 35 hours would eqaull $186 (143 Euro, 99 GBP) after taxes for me.



new topics

top topics



 
0

log in

join