Thursday, 18 October 2007

France: debate on representativity

In France, the debate on unions’ representativity has resurfaced. Currently, the five large confederations are automatically assumed to be representative. A reform should make the system more transparent and democratic. It may also affect government funding of unions, which is substantial in France.
It is generally assumed that reform might strengthen the position of the largest confederations, CGT and CFDT. On the other hand, the independent, progressive union confederation Solidaires might also benefit. Solidaires is now not formally recognised.
By which criteria representativity should be assesed is as yet unclear. Options include membership size and outcomes of works council elections.
Source: le Figaro

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