Target: French Labor Minister Myriam El Khomri
Goal: Stop France’s center-right, coalition government from tearing down hard-earned workers’ rights protections.
Protests have erupted in Paris, France in response to proposed labor reforms announced by the country’s center-right, coalition government. These reforms threaten to severely weaken France’s stringent labor laws, which are widely regarded as the most pro-worker regulations in the world. Police have begun to crack down on protesters, dismantling their overnight camps and spraying students and union members with tear gas. French Labor Minister Myriam El Khormi should listen to the 500,000-plus protesters in the streets and keep France’s existing labor regulations in place.
French Prime Minister François Hollande claims that these new reforms will help entice employers to hire more workers. However, activists across the nation counter that the country’s politicians are becoming too pro-business, abandoning the values of the left. One of the major tenets of pro-labor progress in France has been the 35-hour work week. These new labor reforms would allow some employees to be scheduled for more than 35 hours a week. Furthermore, employers would be granted more leeway for laying off workers based on economic grounds such as cutting costs.
France has long been a pillar of pro-labor success in the world. To throw this all away because of worsening conditions in a globalized, capitalist present would be a major mistake. There is no reason to bow down to neoliberal interests by slashing workers’ rights in a time of economic duress. By signing the petition below, you can help urge France’s Labor Minister to not go through with the government’s pro-business labor reforms.
Dear Minister El Khomri,
Tearing down France’s hard-earned labor laws in favor of pro-business sentiments is a huge mistake. In a tenuous economic environment caused in large part by globalized capital running wild, it is as important as ever to stick by workers’ rights. Regulations that protect labor are severely lacking in so many countries all over the world. Adding France to that list would be a devastating blow to the French people and to workers everywhere.
The 35-hour work week should not be abolished simply because businesses want to squeeze more profit from their employees. Employers should not be allowed to fire workers just so they can direct the flow of money straight into their own pockets. Unemployment cannot be solved by turning your back on the very people who you are supposedly trying to help. Namely, working class citizens.
I urge you to not go through with the government’s pro-business labor reforms.
[Your Name Here]
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