Jean-Baptiste Redde, aka Voltuan, holds a banner reading: “Labor law into the water” as he takes part in a protest march against the proposed labor law reforms.
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Workers and students held street protests, some of them violent, across France Thursday while train drivers, teachers and others went on strike to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour workweek and other labor rules. Student organizations and seven employee unions called for the protests to reject the Socialist government's bill, which they argue will badly damage hard-fought worker protections. The government and businesses claim the reforms would help the economy by making it easier for companies to hire people and by making it also easier to lay off workers. It is not affecting Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, though 20 percent of flights at Paris' Orly airport have been canceled.The government proposal technically maintains the 35-hour workweek but allows companies to organize alternative working times.
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