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In what world would allowing workers under the age of 26 to be dismissed within a two-year period allow for greater job security and less youth unemployment?

Once again the French public show the rest of the world that protest isn't dead. I wish the citizens of the UK took up more causes and didn't (largely) either quickly drop them or just ignore them...

Million Urged For French Protest (BBC News Online; Saturday 18th March 2006)

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danny_e11
Mar. 18th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
just yesterday they were talking about it on More 4 news, how British students - who'd have far more things to protest about, with the stupidly high tuition fees, loans they're forced to take out etc. - are just plain apathetic compared to their French (and other nationalities) colleagues.

It's a shame really as it didn't use to be like this, but unfortunately the way I see it it's a reflection of the apathy of British society as a whole at present. Another gift of the 80s and thatcherism if you ask me, how to turn a once proud nation into a mass of zombies who only care about taking drugs or getting pissed at weekends and will let anything be done to them as long as it doesn't stop them doing the above...

ok, rant over now
lareinemisere
Mar. 20th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
As the article mentions, the aim of the CPE is to reduce youth unemployment (which, according to the Guardian, is currently running at an average 23%, and is over 50% in some less privileged areas). It gives employers some incentive to hire young people with no work experience and thus no track record - they aren't risking taking on a duff worker who they then can't get rid of without huge effort, due to French employment law.

It's a bit like the minimum wage being lower for young people in the UK: it's not equitable, but at least it encourages employers to consider them as well as their older, more experienced competitors in the job market.

The protests are because the young people on these contracts are only sure of two years' work and then might be let go. That can't be entirely comfortable if you're on such a contract, but at least you've got a better chance of getting another job after two years of work than after two years on the dole, which is what ends up happening to way too many young people in France at present.

It's not so very different from the vast numbers of UK graduates who end up in crappy temp jobs because they don't have the right kind of experience for the jobs they really want. And it's worth remembering that, in the UK, you can't sue for unfair dismissal in the first year (except for discrimination cases). In other words, many people here, of any age, have no real job security at all.

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