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Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Protests in France (no surprise there) have broken out over a new labor law aimed at making it easier to both hire and fire workers. The choice quote in the article has to be this one from a civil servant.

Civil servant Nicole Beauregard, who marched with her teenaged daughter, said: “Young people are less well-armed than we are to defend themselves.

“Getting into the workforce is already hard enough for them, and now they are putting up another obstacle.”

Granted, I don’t know the details of the law. And often the deviler are in the details. But if you’re arguing with the concept, then you don’t get it. No company is going to take on a new worker that it can never let go, even if performance is poor or the company falls on hard times economically. Especially when there are plenty of other places in the world where it’s much easier to get the same quality work done without the headaches.

If these people want to protest for something, look for a fair safety net that helps cushion workers from unemployment while providing benefits to transition to a new career. That would be a more worthwhile investment.

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