France: Government issues social dialogue roadmap

The third Grand Social Conference was held on 7 and 8 July 2014, bringing together government representatives and social partners to define social policy.

The conference established a roadmap of initiatives, reforms and negotiations for the next 12 months on employment and social dialogue, to be developed in consultation with employers and unions.

On the basis of the conference’s outcomes, the labour minister invited social partners to initiate negotiations at ‘interprofessional’ level (policy paper in French, 465 KB PDF ) on the quality and effectiveness of social dialogue in companies and improving worker representation.

The talks began in September 2014 and are scheduled for completion by the end of the year so that the outcomes can be included in a draft law.

Priorities are to find specific forms of employee representation in small enterprises, to streamline the various obligations surrounding collective bargaining and to simplify the structure of the various staff representative bodies.

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