Published On: Sun, Aug 27th, 2017

Macron dealing with REBELLION: French president dangers union backlash amid Poland row


is about to tackle the nation’s formidable unions in a bid to make ’s employment laws much less inflexible.

Eager to ship on one in all his main election pledges, the under-fire president is aware of any failure would depart his fame in tatters – however that success would alienate his left-wing supporters. 

And with Poland lashing out in opposition to comparable makes an attempt to alter employment guidelines within the European Union (EU), Mr Macron is combating a desparate battle on two fronts. 

Political scientist Frederic Dabi warned this weekend Mr Macron wanted “to watch out” as he tackled France’s unions – an opponent which has overpowered many former leaders. 

Mr Dabi stated: “With Macron’s reputation at such a low and the honeymoon interval now gone, he needs to be cautious to not trigger main disappointment.

“It’s essential the he and his authorities don’t do something that leaves individuals with a sense of injustice. He can’t threat shedding the reasonable left, the Hollande supporters who fuelled his election, and he has to have communication technique to elucidate the place he takes the French. 

“We can’t overlook that he acquired solely 24% of the vote within the first spherical [of the presidential election]. This might quickly coalesce into widespread discontent with him and the federal government. Now could be the exhausting half and we can’t say for positive what is going to occur. It’s a case of wait and see.”

The bitter back-and-forth with Poland, in the meantime, was sparked by Mr Macron’s makes an attempt to reform not simply France’s employment laws but in addition Europe’s. 

Below present EU laws, corporations are in a position to ship non permanent employees, generally known as ‘posted employees’, from low-wage international locations to richer nations with out having to pay their native social prices.

Nevertheless, the French president is demanding adjustments are made and is utilizing fears in regards to the attainable collapse of the Brussels bloc to scare EU members into backing his proposals.

This has angered Warsaw, who repeatedly hit out on the French president final week. 

Polish overseas minister Witold Waszczykowski stated: “The French financial system will not be in the mean time in a position to compete with the colourful economies of many European international locations, together with Poland. 

“It is because French employees have monumental social advantages. The working week for a lot of French employees is 4, 5 working days.”

He additionally accused Mr Macron of failing to “perceive” Poland, claiming the president “doesn’t know what is going on on this a part of Europe”. 


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