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France: Queues outside petrol station as oil workers protests strike against labour law

39 24.05.2016 Инфо

Queues of cars were seen outside a petrol station in Rennes, after workers at six out of eight of France's oil refineries struck in protest against the country's controversial new labour law.
Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law,' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls have said they will impose the labour reforms by decree after the government survived a vote of no-confidence.
The reforms will concern almost all aspects of the country's labour laws; easing conditions for employers to hire and fire workers. Firms will also have greater freedoms to reduce workers' pay and will be able to extend the working week from the current 35 hours to a maximum of 46 hours.
France's government says the reforms are essential to boosting the economy and helping cut high levels of unemployment. The changes have been condemned by student groups and labour unions, who believe that it will become easier for employers to bypass workers' rights on pay, overtime and breaks.