CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (March 30)—Groupe Michelin´s 27,000-strong French work force has voted in favor of the company´s plans for a 35-hour week, to comply with French employment laws. In a March 29 ballot, almost 60 percent of the 25,650 Michelin employees who voted backed the firm´s proposals, which will go into effect May 1, according to a Michelin statement. The French workers will gain between 10 and 15 extra holidays and average pay increases of about 4 percent. The company also will recruit 1,000 additional full-time staff to compensate for the shortened workweek.
Michelin workers OK 35-hour workweek
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