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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/12/2003

Shorter week under review

Paris

— The centre-right French government is looking to “renegotiate” the 35-hour work week introduced four years ago by a socialist government. The government blames the shorter week for current economic ills. But supporters of the short week say independent economists doubt the validity of government claims. The economists say the government is ignoring the value of the more than 300,000 jobs created. The government is not asking to repeal the short week, only for the law to be more flexible and encourage more negotiation between employers and unions.

Moving workers around Europe

Amsterdam