- Apr 13, 2011
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The French cabinet has given the go-ahead for the president to force through highly controversial labour reforms, circumventing parliament.An extraordinary cabinet meeting invoked the constitution's controversial Article 49.3, allowing the government to bypass parliament.
The bill would make it easier for employers to hire and fire workers.
Opponents say it will let employers bypass workers' rights on pay, overtime and breaks.
The proposed reforms, which also include changes to France's 35-hour working week, have sparked waves of sometimes violent protests across France.
France's Socialist government says removing some of the protection workers enjoy will encourage businesses to hire more people.
It says its aim is to combat chronic unemployment.
Read more @: French labour reforms: Government to force plan through
Shameful. After about a month of protests which numbered up to hundreds of thousands of people hitting the streets, the French government is going to circumvent parliament and allow Hollande to enact the law. Expect even more popular backlash against this measure.