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France – Temporary workers occupy recruitment firms in protest

03 March 2014

Several recruitment offices across France were occupied by temporary workers in protest against potential changes that would reduce the rights of temporary workers to unemployment insurance once their assignment had been completed, reports lentreprise.lexpress.fr.

In total more than 100 temporary agency workers occupied agencies such as Synergy in Nantes, Randstad and Adecco in Lyon, and Derichebourg in Paris, according to Philippe Tixier, an official from the trade union CGT.

Mr Tixier stated: “We have addressed a request to Prism’Emploi (the Association of Employment Agencies) to take a stance against the removal of clause 4 of the Unedic Convention on unemployment insurance, which govern the conditions for temporary agency workers to access and receive benefits.”

According to CGT, removing their rights would harm agency workers, who are already in a precarious position, and force them to accept any job at any price.

According to lentreprise.lexpress.fr, Prism’Emploi was not available for immediate comment. 

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