CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Jan. 4)—Groupe Michelin will hold a referendum on Jan. 25 to enable its 27,000-strong work force in France to vote on its proposals for the introduction of a 35-hour week under French labor law. Michelin´s proposals include a 15-day reduction in the working year, a 5-percent pay rise in 2001 and inflation-linked rises in the next two years, more flexible working patterns and the employment of 1,000 new workers. The company´s terms are substantially better than those required under the recently introduced regulations in France, according to a Michelin statement. The controversial legislation is intended to cut unemployment in the country by reducing the hours worked by those already in employment, without loss of pay.
Michelin workers to vote on 35-hour week proposal
Rubber & Plastics News wants to hear from its readers. If you want to express your opinion on a story or issue, email your letter to Editor Bruce Meyer at [email protected].