posted on Mar, 19 2006 @ 04:32 PM
Faced with laws removing job protections for young workers in their first two years of employment, French youth and students demonstrated and rioted
across the country Saturday. The Jobs Laws appear to the youths to be aimed at helping France compete in the global marketplace. The youth
demonstrations and rioting are the latest challenge to France's conservative government, with elections next year.
The law would allow businesses to fire young workers in the first two years on a job without giving a reason, removing them from protections that
restrict layoffs of regular employees.
Companies are often reluctant to add employees because it is hard to let them go if business conditions worsen. Students see a subtext in the new law:
make it easier to hire and fire to help France compete in a globalizing world economy.
Youth joblessness stands at 23 percent nationwide, and 50 percent among impoverished young people. The lack of work was blamed in part for the riots
that shook France's depressed suburbs during the fall.
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The youth of France are really up in arms lately. With the article claiming 23% unemployment among youth, and 50% among impoverished youth, I can
see why. Add to that the prospect of losing what job protection those fortunate enough to be working have, and the stage is set for escalating
protest and violent demonstration. Its like pouring gas on a fire.
Maybe France should try to come up with a program that provides alternatives to unemployment, like the Conservation Corps here in the States. I
don't have the all the answers, and I would welcome input from other members on this, but it definitely seems like they are on the wrong track over
there and getting deeper into trouble instead of solving the issues within their society
[edit on 3-19-2006 by Valhall]
[edit on 19-3-2006 by Icarus Rising]