A 'Copernican Revolution' in French Industrial Relations: Are the Times a' Changing?

British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 38, Issue 2, June 2000

Posted: 17 Aug 2001

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Stephen Jefferys

London Metropolitan University - Working Lives Research Institute

Abstract

In 1998 and 1999 France passed the sixth and seventh laws in seventeen years affecting working time. They offered financial incentives to firms signing collective agreements that created or protected jobs and cut the legal working week from 39 to 35 hours from 1 January 2000. Early evidence suggests that while their direct job creation effect is limited, they are moderating wage settlements and leading to more flexible working patterns. In this paper I situate the new hour laws within the long historical tradition of state political intervention over working time and argue that this remains a key element in reforming French industrial relations.

JEL Classification: J30, J58

Suggested Citation

Jefferys, Steve, A 'Copernican Revolution' in French Industrial Relations: Are the Times a' Changing?. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 38, Issue 2, June 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=233029

Steve Jefferys (Contact Author)

London Metropolitan University - Working Lives Research Institute ( email )

United Kingdom

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