The Work Conundrum

 

french officeLabor has been in the news quite a bit these days in France, with the Air France pilot’s strike giving the strikers what they wanted. The damage done to the tourism industry is incalculable; not only did many people have their vacations ruined by the huge cancellation of flights, but future visits will undoubtedly be kiboshed when people remember the drama of it all. Bringing the airline to its knees sent a strong message to the rest of the labor force in France: strikes work. So don’t expect them to stop anytime soon. Meanwhile, the country’s top politicians continue to seek ways to alleviate youth unemployment without weighing down the overburdened social system. (Culling the bloated bureaucracy never seems to be on that agenda…) It’s easy to think there is precious little work to be had in France—until you look on an employment website such as Mitula Emploi, which lists hundreds and hundreds of available posts. It’s all in how you look at things, n’est-ce pas?

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