Friday, March 10, 2006

Career? I don’t want no stinking career. I want a job for life
French Students, Cops Clash Over Jobs Law

PARIS (AP) -- Students and police clashed at Paris' famed Sorbonne university on Friday, part of rising anger over a new job measure that is posing a major test for the government.

Some 600 protesters occupied the prestigious school Friday evening, breaking through police lines and clambering in through windows, said university administrators, who left open the possibility that police might be called in to evict them.

Students and the country's powerful unions are trying to force the government to withdraw a measure that will make it easier for companies to fire workers younger than 26.

Senators voted for the bill Thursday, and the government says it could go into effect in April.

The government hopes the flexibility will spur employers to hire young people, safe in the knowledge that they will be able to get rid of them if necessary.

Critics say the measure offers younger workers less job security than older colleagues and will undermine France's generous labor protections…

Reading the French students’ reaction to a law that would allow employers to demand actual work from their employees, put me in mind of Maynard G. Krebs who would reflexively “shudder and recoil and let out an anxiety-ridden wail of ‘WORK!?!!’” whenever anyone mentioned the subject.

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