Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris Men's Fall/Winter 2015, freedom of speech triumphs

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Davos 2015: Businesses 'cautiously optimistic' in Japan

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Twitter storm as IMF boss Christine Lagarde hails Saudi King Abdullah as 'strong advocate of women'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR CONGO: Senate amends controversial constitutional law

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Pope Family Planning: Heated Debate over Pontiff's 'Rabbit' Comments (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Saudi King Abdullah Dies: Succession, Stability and Youth in Question (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France tackles terror

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric: 'France is on a better track'

Read more

DEBATE

Davos debate: Can big business agree on climate deal? (part 2)

Read more

Unions fear voter apathy in vote for labour-relations boards

Latest update : 2008-12-03

French workers and employers cast their ballots to elect new members for the country’s industrial tribunals, in charge of ruling on labour disputes.Trade unions hope France’s workforce will show up en masse, but opinion polls say otherwise.

France 24 (with wires) – Over 19 million French workers and employers are summoned on Wednesday to elect new board members for the country’s industrial tribunals. For trade unions eager to halt a steady downward trend in voter turnout, the election is a key test.

In charge of ruling on labour disputes, France’s conseillers prud’homaux play a key role in managing labour relations. The outcome of Wednesday’s poll will help determine the relative weight of each trade union in the wake of a recent law that has profoundly altered the framework for dialogue between employers and unions.

The CGT, France’s largest union, is hoping the current climate of anxiety and criticisms of the government will encourage disgruntled workers to turn up en masse. Opinion polls, however, predict a turnout similar to the last vote in 2002, when only one in three voters cast their ballot. Nor is Internet voting – being tested for the very first time in the capital, Paris – likely to have much of an impact on voter participation.

Date created : 2008-12-03

COMMENT(S)