Countries around the world are having all sorts of issues, ranging from public space to labor reforms. On the date, March 31, 2016, France became another country with an issue that concerns its citizens around the country. Starting on the date of February 23,2016, protests started to ignite against labor reforms called El Khomri law or Loi travail. The movement was organized by François Ruffin. François Ruffin is well known for being the founder of the left-wing journal Fakir. He also directed the documentary film, Merci patron! The El Khomri law or Loi travail gave working class in France a tough time. This law allows companies to lay off workers, reduce overtime payment beyond thirty-five hours, and not giving severance packages.
Companies clearly take full advantage of this and keep their money. For the employees, they should be allowed to keep their jobs unless they do not do an excellent job. The fact that the employees do not receive extra pay from working hours exceeding thirty-five hours is devastating. These people who work hard plus working extra hours deserve the extra money that is not coming their way. It is truly unfortunate that when a member of the company doesn’t obtain a severance package after being dismissed is a massive predicament. Finding another job is harder than it is, not giving a severance package that can support the fired employee until they attain another job, is going to make it even harder for that person.
The first destination that the protesters gathered in Paris’s Place de la Republique. The protestors would meet at a specific time and in massive numbers. The protests gathered further support in other locations in France. Even camps have been formed in Belgium, Germany, and Spain to expand its power to withstand the government. This shows that the people are truly not satisfied with these laws and increasingly gaining recognition because of this. I think it is great that the people are uniting to fight against an injustice by the hands of the French government. With all this support that the people are getting, a change needs to occur from the government.
Important words have been said by the group of people who are giving their all to gain what they want. Written by Josh Lowe of Newsweek, “Politics is not something for professionals, it is for everybody,” as it is said by the French people. This statement is relevant to all countries around the world. Each member of society should play an important role in their countries politics. The fact that the government was voted by the French people is shocking to hear considering what they are doing. American anthropologist, David Graeber, exclaimed that, ““There seems to be this sense of betrayal… these are the people that voted for them… [that] assumed that such a government would somehow speak for their concerns. They’re just really pissed off.” It is understandable why the French people are angry at the government. If this was a scenario in any other country, the reaction would be identical.
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