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France — Little confidence in management and unions

30 November 2009

A new research report carried out by TNS Sofres on behalf of Adecco subsidiary Altedia Human Resources among 1,005 employees in the public and private sectors reveals that French employees have little confidence in their management on the one hand and in the unions on the other, Les Echos reports.

Only 42.7% of employees in the private sector said that they have confidence in the management of their company. In the public sector this figure is even worse with only 29.6% stating that they have confidence in their management.

On average, 39% of employees said that "the management and the employees of their company share the same interests." This figure was higher in the private sector with 40.8% and lower in the public sector with 29.5%. The notable difference was in very small companies where 61% of employees feel that their management has the same interests as they do.

38% of employees feel that the difference in pay between management and employees is justified. Again, this figure was higher in the private sector with 40.8% and only 29.5% in the public sector.

Xavier Lacoste, CEO of Altedia, said "there has been a breakdown in relations between employers and employees."

However, French employees don't hold their unions in very high regard either. Whilst 46% of employees in the private sector would consider going on strike and 22% would even consider 'violent actions', only 42% have confidence in their unions.

Lacoste comments "[employees] have moved from the collective approach to an individual one. There is a trend towards solving problems directly with the line manager [rather than via unions]."



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