What are French jobs like?
There is very much a ‘work hard’ ethos across businesses in France. The usual day is from about 9am to 6pm, with a long lunch of anything up to two hours. However, there are favourable employment laws to restrict working hours, which is one of the reasons that France is considered a good place to work.
How many hours do the French work?
In France, the legal length of the working week is 35 hours in all types of companies. The working day may not exceed 10 hours. Furthermore, employees may not work for more than 4.5 hours without a break. The maximum working day may extend to 12 hours under a collective agreement.
What is a typical French workday?
The normal workday for an office worker in France starts anywhere from 8 – 9:30 am. And he/she usually doesn’t leave until 6:30-7:00 pm. Even if we count from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm, that is 10 hours per day or 50 hours a week. It’s actually against the law in France to eat lunch at your desk.
What is the Code du travail?
The Code du Travail (in English: Labor Code) is a huge book written over the course of a century. It comprises 10,000 articles governing an exhaustive range of employment-related topics.
When did the labor code appear in France?
During the French Revolution, the Le Chapelier Law 1791 was passed to prohibit unions or guilds and strikes in particular, with a proclamation of “free enterprise”. On 25 May 1864, the loi Ollivier was passed to reverse the prohibitions on strike action.
What is the right to strike in France?
Striking is a fundamental right in France which cannot be framed by employers. In the private sector, employees are not compelled to inform their employers prior to the strike but only when the strike begins (i.e. no notice period applies, except in companies in charge of public services).
When was the French Section of the Workers International created?
The French Section of the Workers’ International ( French: Section française de l’Internationale ouvrière, SFIO) was a French socialist party founded in 1905 and replaced in 1969 by the current Socialist Party (PS). It was created during the 1905 Globe Congress in Paris as a merger between…
Who was the founder of the French Workers Party?
The French Workers’ Party (French: Parti Ouvrier Français, POF) was the French socialist party created in 1880 by Jules Guesde and Paul Lafargue, Karl Marx’s son-in-law (famous for having written The Right to Be Lazy, which criticized labour’s alienation).
How are French workers allowed to work out of hours?
Some measures include cutting email connections in the evening and weekends or even destroying emails automatically that are sent to employees while they are on holiday. A study published by French research group Eleas in October showed that more than a third of French workers used their devices to do work out-of-hours every day.
Why do French workers have right to disconnect?
From 1 January, workers have ‘right to disconnect’ as France seeks to establish agreements that afford work flexibility but avoid burnout The ‘right to disconnect’ measure is intended to tackle a 24/7 work culture that has led to a surge in usually unpaid overtime. Photograph: Getty Images/PhotoAlto