Monday, March 20, 2006

Strike Season kicks off : March 28th

PARIS (Reuters) - French unions and student bodies called on Monday for a general strike and protest marches on March 28 to pressure the government to withdraw a job law they say will create insecurity for a generation of young workers.

"All the unions are calling to make March 28 a day of demonstrations, strikes and work stoppages," said Rene Valadon, confederal secretary of the Force Ouvriere union after a meeting of France's main unions, student and high school groups. More...

The impetus for this year's Strike Season has been building since late January. I went to watch one of the first demonstrations on the 16th of Febuary at the Place de la Victoire which was a small affair, but it is remarkable to see how much the groundswell of support has grown in only the last two weeks.

Thursday this week will see a Student day of action and the official opening of the Season will be next week Tuesday with a General Strike. Woohoo.

I was thinking today that maybe what's good for the goose is also good for the gander; how about the people deciding that politicians are entitled to similar 2 year trial periods? If we are not satisfied we can boot them out without having to give a reason and they can go and join the back of the unemployment line or do a real day's worth of work. Or even better, if your boss is a real doos you can get him sacked within the first 2 years of being on the job.

I once worked for a company where that would have worked out just fine, as the new IT Director who got hired didn't know shit from shinola (frikkin' ex-Andersen Consultant) and it would have saved everyone a lot of hassle if I could have got him sacked without any reason.

Actually, come to think of it, I was part of the reason he did eventually get sacked, but that is another whole story.

OK Now.

2 comments:

qrswave said...

"how about the people deciding that politicians are entitled to similar 2 year trial periods? "

Oh, that's a classic! I love it!

jayzerz said...

Hehe, just wait until I do one of my informal surveys in the pub with that one.