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16/02/2011

Sector-level bargaining and possibilities for deviations at company level: France

EF/10/87/EN 3


The right to collective bargaining is set out in the 1972 French Labour Code. In the last decades, collective bargaining has expanded, partly as a result of government initiatives. The importance of sectoral bargaining increased with the adoption of the 1982 Auroux laws, which obliged the bargaining parties already bound by a sectoral agreement to negotiate pay annually and to discussthe sector’s job classification system and its economic development every five years. The Auroux laws also stimulated company-level bargaining by making annual negotiations on pay and working time obligatory in companies with union representation. In addition, legislation reforming the system of collective bargaining was passed in 2004 (the Fillon law) and 2008.

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. N. Ramos Martín (University of Amsterdam -Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Labour Studies)
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