Tuesday, March 22, 2005

France: adieu to the 35-hour work week

The AP reports that France is poised to undo one of the reasons its economy is so stagnated. I've heard anecdotes of young executives having their briefcases searched upon leaving the office, just in case they -- gosh -- sneak out work so they can get things done at home!

Pay attention to the first soundbite:
"Work is not the only thing in my life," she said, suggesting she might quit rather than work more hours.
She'll quit, and do what? Go on the government dole?

France recently hit 10% unemployment. Imagine how much higher it would be if so many French companies didn't have to hire one extra worker for every eight that formerly worked 39 hours.
Amid soaring unemployment and stagnating wages, the reform is supported by jobseekers and even by factory workers, according to a survey that pollsters CSA published last month — and by 46 percent of the overall population, with 43 percent opposed.
But...
Still, many French workers are loath to give up their shorter hours, even for more cash. Some 56 percent of salaried employees oppose the government's plan, according to the CSA survey, while 36 percent approve.

On March 10, almost a million people took part in strikes and protests over the working time reform — as well as other threats to workers' benefits and public sector pay.
They're not lazy. They're just afraid to compete against others who are willing to work.

5 Comments:

Blogger Brad Warbiany said...

I had blogged about this a while ago.

It's amazing that a country can be so economically ignorant. And it's even worse that American leftists are trying hard to clamor down the exact same path.

Makes me want to go live on an island somewhere.

(BTW when are you going to install some sort of trackback function here, Perry?)

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

How's this! :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 7:17:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Warbiany said...

Looks like you got on top of that... You even managed to keep blogger comments!

Thursday, March 24, 2005 1:29:00 AM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Yes, I'm still using Blogger for comments, and Haloscan for trackback. I simply left out the Haloscan comment code, then it was a matter of tweaking the physical placement.

Thursday, March 24, 2005 9:00:00 AM  
Blogger Brad Warbiany said...

Yeah, I did the same thing because at the time, Haloscan only allowed 1000 characters for comments on their free service. Plus, I like the interface for Blogger comments more (when it works, anyway).

Thursday, March 24, 2005 6:10:00 PM  

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