Friday, March 17, 2006

France Trying to re-Bottle The Socialist Djinni

France as well as the rest of Europe is struggling under the weight of massive immigration and socialist entitlements. This heavy burden on European economies has forced the "do everything for everyone" government of France to try and backtrack to regain some sounder economic footing in a global economy that simply will not allow a country with such a blatantly unproductive work force to compete.

One such backtrack is being backed by Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, and for it he is not so popular these days with the youths that are believed to benefit the most from the new law. In an effort to spur employment among those of the country less than 26 years of age, a law has been passed that would allow employers to hire people of young working age to work, but would then allow those companies to fire the employees for no cause up to two years after initial employment.

Foul! From Reuters.

Opposition to the new contract has provoked a serious crisis for the government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin as it has mobilized students, the left-wing opposition and unions.

In a bid to further increase pressure, a key union leader said the march could be followed by a general strike.

"If they don't listen to us we are going to have to think about moving to a general strike across the whole country," said Bernard Thibault, head of the Confederation of General Workers union, one of France's largest.

"I'm optimistic ... that the government will finally take notice of the situation they've created for themselves," he said on France 3 television, adding the march would top the March 7 rallies when unions said 1 million people took to the streets.
France should be worried about the situation it created for itself, but it should be concerned with the real problem of low productivity and the global economy, not the snits of those wanting the country of France to further implode under the gargantuan weight of a socialist utopia. If this sort of miniscule measure has 1 million people in the streets, I can only imagine how many people would take up arms against measures actually aggressive enough to make a positive difference.
"I would say 'no' (to a job offered under the law) because I would have no security for two years," Jerome Desprol, 24, told Reuters.
Jerome, you should visit us in the real world. Life isn't a security blanket and someone has failed to teach you some basics in world competition. A company can only stay in business if it makes money. Otherwise there is no incentive for the owners of a business to bust their butts to keep the doors open. Your security is not their problem.

All in all I suppose it could be much worse. At least the strike is going to take France. So, even if every employed person in the country takes part it will only affect about 75% of the youth work force. The rest of them are already unemployed.

Much more at The Brussels Journal.

No comments: