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Laws and Union-Management Relations : Union-Management Agreements and ‘Cadres’ Issue in the French Metal Industry facing the 35-Hour Working Week
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In 1998, the French socialist Government stipulated the first law on the 35-hour working week, which fixed the conditions for a company receiving a reduction in social security payments. That is, the company had to conform working hours to the legal 35 hours a week by concluding a union-management agreement. In this paper, we show the strategies of the French Employers’ Association of the Metal Industry (UIMM) facing such a situation by analysing its agreements concluded with unions. The first issue treats the reaction of the UIMM, which aimed to sidestep the impact of the 35 hours law, but had to make a concession facing the critique coming from the socialist Government. Second, we explain what the French ‘cadres’ are, and the UIMM’s strategy to accord a qualification of the cadre to lower hierarchy of managers for assuring sufficient working hours of these people. This is because the 35-hour working week is not applied to the cadres. Third, we show the modifications of the union-management agreement after the right-wing Government amending the working hours laws, stipulated by the left-wing Government. Showing the dynamic relations between laws and union-management agreements, we can explain the dynamics between the law as a rule of the game and the behavior of the players, i.e. the employers’ association and the unions, as well as the importance of the union-management relations in deciding labor conditions even in the France.
Publication Title
岡山大学経済学会雑誌
Published Date
2009-03-10
Volume
volume40
Issue
issue4
Publisher
岡山大学経済学会
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The economic association of okayama university
Start Page
93
End Page
114
ISSN
0386-3069
NCID
AN00032897
Content Type
Journal Article
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http://www.e.okayama-u.ac.jp/~shiryou/gakkaishi.htm
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岡山大学
language
日本語
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岡山大学経済学会
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