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Outlawing work

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Nice quotable quotes about France’s 35 hour work week ‘reforms’ only recently applied to their hospitality sector:

    French restaurateurs, hoteliers and waiters reacted furiously yesterday after the state imposed a 35-hour working week on the hospitality sector.
    The decision by the council of state could mean that businesses have to reduce opening hours if they cannot afford to employ extra staff.
    Working hours were cut by the state from 43 hours to 39 in 2004, but employers were spared a further reduction in exchange for paying employees during an extra week of holiday. However, following a complaint by the CFDT union, the conseil d’état ruled to end the exemption.
    At Le Rostand, a chic café opposite the Luxembourg gardens in Paris, its owner Jean-Pierre Berthe shrugged despairingly from behind the zinc counter yesterday. “Why do they fall over themselves to stop people working in this country?” he said.
    “This country wants to outlaw everything – drink, fags and now work,” said Mr Berthe, 44, who has a rolling workforce of up to 23, depending on the time of day.
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Written by Admin

October 21, 2006 at 11:46 pm

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  1. That place is seriously imploding.

    jc

    October 22, 2006 at 9:45 am

  2. And they complain about ‘casualising’ the labour force…

    skepticlawyer

    October 22, 2006 at 12:27 pm


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