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French parliament approves Macron's fast-track bill for labour law reforms

The French Senate has approved the bill allowing the government to fast-track changes to the country's employment laws after prior discussions with unions and employers' groups.04 Aug 2017

The upper house Senate adopted the final version of the text by 225 votes to 109 (link in French), which was the last step of this parliamentary process.

The National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament, passed the draft law by 421 votes to 74 on Tuesday (link in French).

Among other changes designed to improve efficiency, the government wants to cap damages for unfair dismissals claimed by employees and give businesses more flexibility in working conditions, wages and working hours by extending the area of jurisdiction of company-wide rules and its primacy on sector-wide rules.

Some French unions responded with a call to strike on 12 September, and the far left has called for protests on 23 September, according to Le Figaro (link in French).

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