"If there is no majority agreement (with unions) the social plan won't be accepted, because the law now gives the state the responsibility so to act," Ayrault said, without specifying what the consequences would be.
This is the reason why more and more large companies have opted to hire skilled workers on an annual renewal contractual basis. This means companies can pay higher wages to these workers but the positions also come with no benefits. Of course, the union is totally against this scheme because it makes the union irrelevant and can become a dangerous trend.
The new norm is workers do not lose their jobs but instead their contracts simply get expired with the added benefit of no restructuring cost to the company. Perhaps, ALU should adopt this scheme because the days of having a life time employment is no longer a reality. This is the best approach for a company to weed out all the dead beats. As the saying goes, everyone reaches to his/her level of incompetent sooner or later and what better way to get rid of them but through their contract.
The pumpers don't understand the dynamics of a socialist government and Alcatel Lucent. The hard part is to figure out as if Michel's words were posturing against the unions/gvt, or if he was being serious about Alcatel's future without the cuts. 50/50 call.