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Daimler is struggling with a 35-hour working week in France

Daimler is struggling with a 35-hour working week in France

Daimler resumed the company to get rid of the 35-hour working week in France, the introduction of the law in 2000, adopted by the socialist government. The German company aims to increase the number of working hours , and alludes to the fact that in case of refusal, she could leave the country.

French President Francois Hollande has been general secretary of the Socialist Party,  when it introduced the 35-hour workweek. But now he is confronted with the highest level of unemployment, which saw France for the past 18 years, and is trying to make the labor market more flexible.

To do this, in June 2013 passed a law that allows companies to temporarily change the number of hours waste employees in exchange for preferential treatment to employers.

Since 2000, every government has tried to weaken the law on the 35-hour working week, but the efforts have not been successful. The idea of ​​the law was to create more jobs by reducing the working hours for some and replacing them with others. But some economists argue that this was not achieved, while others say the law has made France uncompetitive. According to Eurostat, in France, in fact, the working week lasted 40.5 hours, which is only one hour less than the EU average.

Daimler is struggling with a 35-hour working week in France

But back to the negotiating Daimler. In June, the German company has begun negotiations with representatives of the workers at SMART in Ambach. She wants to increase the working week to 39 hours for the period 2016 – 2018, and offered to pay for each additional hour € 6, which is less than the statutory minimum hourly wages – 9.61 euros. In addition, the Germans promised a one-time bonus of 1,000 euros to each employee if an agreement is reached.

In its quest Daimler is not alone. In 2004, the Bosch factory workers agreed to work longer hours without extra charge, as long as the plant is not transferred to the Czech Republic. In 2010, General Motors employees have agreed to work longer hours in order not to close the plant. In 2013, unions PSA and Renault have agreed to freeze wages.