What’s the French word for “spoiled?”

March 17th, 2006

Tens of thousands of French students are protesting in the streets of Paris.

Not because unemployment among the young is a staggering 23%.

But because a new law aimed at encouraging companies to hire young people also makes it possible for companies to actually fire young people.

Apparently, cialis canada medical under normal circumstances, sovaldi it’s easier to sack a tenured Harvard law professor than it is to layoff a lazy French factory worker.

But this new law makes it less difficult to let someone go in the first two years of their employment.

The idea is that companies wouldn’t be so reluctant to take a chance on a new hire, decease if they knew they wouldn’t be stuck with a bad employee forever.

But these kids would rather riot in the streets than be held responsible at work.

So next time someone here in America talks about “strengthening” our social safety net, remember…

…the stronger the net, the worse you can become entangled in it.

Entry Filed under: Observations,Politics

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kathleen  |  March 17th, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    I do not agree with your take on why students are protesting the First Employment law (CPE). They are doing so because France already scaled back workers’ rights some fifteen years ago with the CDD or limited employment contract, in an attempt to increase jobs and the plan doesnt work. The only difference between the CPE and the CDD is that formerly, a worker was “permamently” hired on after one year and will now have “temporary” employment for a period of two full years.
    As for the “lazy French workers”, I think it is more a question of subscribing or not to the Protestant work ethic than laziness.

  • 2. Wm. Clement  |  March 17th, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    For any job I’ve ever had, the only form of job security that existed, was doing your job well. Period, end of story. I do not now, nor ever will believe in tenure or what some unions foist on employers. Yes,I know, the employers agreed to it. Their stupidity. Is my anti-union bias showing?

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