Sunday, March 19, 2006

France Demos : No to the CPE and the CNE

Its not just the CPE that's the problem, it is the CNE too. Take a look at this job offer from the ANPE (National Agency for Employment - the state run job shop). Don't mind the French, please read on:

Numéro de l'offre : 120018V
Code Métier ROME : 32212
Intitulé du poste : INFOGRAPHISTE (ARTS GRAPHIQUES)
Type et nature du contrat : CONTRAT NOUVELLE EMBAUCHE / CONTRAT DE TRAVAIL
Description du poste : CONNAISSANCES EN:DESSIN:2D/3D (PHOTOSHOP LIGHTWAVE) VECTORIEL (ILLUSTRATOR 3DS MAX ET IN DESIGN); WEBDESIGNER (DREAMWEAVER ET FLASH) WEBDEVELOPPER (PHP MYSQL,HTML,JAVASCRIPT). CREATEUR MULTIMEDIA(CDROM ET DIRECTOR),SECRETARIAT (OUTLOOK,EXCEL,WORD,WORKS). CONNAIS. SERIGRAPHIE ET BRODERIE TEXTILE

Compétences particulières :
- Exécution de graphismes, dessins, illustrations.
- Publication assistée par ordinateur (PAO).
- Palette graphique.
- Autres.
- Conditionnement, emballage.
- Signalétique, logotype.
- Multimédia (cédéroms, pages Internet...).
- Direction du projet.
- Suivi de la fabrication du produit.
- Négociation avec les clients.
- Autres.

Expérience : EXIGEE DE 2 A 3 ANS EN DESSIN:2D/3D,VECTORIEL; DREAMWEAVER
Formation et connaissances : CE PROFIL EST IDEAL,A VOIR SELON EXP PRATIQUE P.A.O. EXIGE(E) PRATIQ. TRAIT.TEXTES EXIGE(E) PRATIQUE TABLEUR EXIGE(E)

Lieu de travail : 33 - BORDEAUX
Salaire indicatif : 1136,36 E NET AU DEMARRAGE
Déplacements : NON
Horaires : 39H00 HEBDO EVOLUTION SELON COMPETENCES


This ad is not for a mickey mouse job wearing a clown suit at a theme park, and there is high level of technical skill with 2 to 3 years of experience being demanded here:

This job requires that you are an accomplished 3d Designer (3d Studio Max is NOT windows Paint), a practiced Graphic Designer (Photoshop and Illustrator - not for mere amateurs), a consumate Webmaster (Dreamweaver, Flash & PHP MySQL), a MultiMedia specialist (Director of course), fluent with Microsoft Office and the cherry on the top is the requirement for previous experience in textile embroidery?!? WTF!

This is not a job offer, this is a wishlist. Especially when the salary on offer is the princely sum of E 1136,36 nett per month. That is the equivalent of the French minimum wage (or SMIC as it is know) and you will get the same if not more for wearing a clown suit at Eurodisney in Paris. For a monthly salary I find that disgusting for the skill level demanded. This offer is for a highly specialised position that can't easily be outsourced (there aren't enough French speakers in India) nor filled by an unskilled immigrant.

But what is truly horric is that this is a CNE or Contrat Nouvelle Embauche (Contract for a New Hire) which is available to companies of less than 20 employees, and like the CPE, the employee can be terminated for no reason during the first 2 years of employment. I know from experience that this kind of company is going to expect a lot more time from it's employees than the stated 39 hours a week, but no matter what you put into the job, the boss can turn around and say cheers just because he is having a bad hair day. And bad hair days are common amongst French bosses.

We all have a right to job security and a fair reason for dismissal. A 3 month trial period is fair - once you have proven yourself on the job, you should be able to go work secure in the knowledge that you participating in a two-way exchange where you are fairly rewarded for your labour and you can't be arbitrarily dismissed. Under the CNE you can be sacked after 23 months and there is nothing stopping the employer from placing this exact same job offer once again - give or take a rise in the minimum wage.

There is anger on the streets of France today and its not going to disappear over night. The anger has been mounting since the No vote to the European Constitution and the November Riots. The issues are deeply rooted but the current government can't deal with them; Jacques is in lame duck mode, Dominique is about to walk the edge of the political abyss, Sarko is rubbing his hands in glee and the whole house of cards is in the balamce.

What really needs to happen is an end to globalisation, in that all workers around world and particularly in South East Asia are afforded the same job protections and that wages are normalised to the degree that it is not any cheaper to make a pair of Nikes in Vietnam than in the Val d'Oise. I'm willing to bet that the job offer above is for a company in the textile trade and that not one single item that is designed is actually produced in France.

This is not something that just affects France, it is a global problem and its needs a global solution. If governments don't wake up and inhale deeply from their espressos, rioting students will be the least of their problems.

OK Now.

6 comments:

qrswave said...

Wow! Thanks for the excellent example!

That's an insane amount of expertise they're asking for. I know; I used to be a creative director and I left the field because it was getting too demanding in terms of technical expertise needed to stay relevant.

I just wasn't interested enough in doing someone else's donkey work to religiously keep up with the constant training in minute details. All in return for rather modest pay - by comparison to the level of work. Although, I admit it was much higher than minimum wage.

Anyway, you're absolutely right about it being a global problem. Global trade is only "free" for bankers and the transnational corporations that they back. Everyone else is a sitting duck, destined to pay the price.

BTW, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment at my blog. I'm blog rolling you.

Peace.

jayzerz said...

cool thanks for such a great comment and consider yourself blogrolled too.

I will be spending more time reading through your blog and thinking about how there are perhaps to forms of globalisation: from above and from below.

smilidon said...

i am from india and am very much intimated by ur way of written language.u have a good material in u for writing,i have my friend sitting next to me who is from france and currently working on a project here.so, he was again helpful in explaining about things in france.
But i just want to add this to ur writing.u have a very big misconception about india.Aleast one-third of my classmates have learnt french in school.So think about the whole number for yourself.But i don't think they would be as fluent as a native french.But they know a good bit of it.

jayzerz said...

Hi smilidon

Thank you for your comments - they are much appreciated. I was trying to highlight a problem that French companies have when trying to outsource their jobs from France to other countries in the name of increasing profits while destroying their own economy and I used India as an example as how modern call centres operate. Many companies have opened large call centers in India to take advantage of the numerous fluent English speakers who they can pay lower wages to. French companies are moving their call centres to Morrocco and other North African countries, but their options are more limited than US and UK companies. If there are enough people speaking French in India, the French companies will move their business there.

While that is good for India, it means that there are fewer jobs in France to go around.

I think that the more languages you can speak the richer you are as a human being as we all need to communicate about the issues that are affecting us.

smilidon said...

thanks for the instant response.i am amazed at ur speed.Actually what i wanted to say was same as urs but didn'[t want to say that.If there had been as many jobs as for US or UK,then there would have been a call center here.My friend here speaks 8 languages including french,German,English and 5 other local indian languages.But he isa still getting the same salary as me who knows only 3 languages-English and two local languages.
So has it got to do with number of languages that u know other than u can speak with a lot of people.
Outsourcing call centers can not break down the economy if the govt takes good action of it.But it surely will increase unemployment.
As i said,a french guy is sitting next me,even he doesn't know that there are call centers in morocco for france.Then why can't the govt take action when there is so much of unemplyment bcos of call centers.

jayzerz said...

Hi smilidon

I believe that everyone should should be paid according to their merits, qualifications and skills. It should not matter that you are French, Indian or Namibian, what should matter is that everyone is paid the same value for the same work.

Governments should be doing more to make sure this happens, but they are letting the big corporate companies do what they want. Its one of the big reasons why people are protesting in France at the moment.

On another note, I hope you will help me learn some Indian languages when I come to live in India for a bit.