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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the recommendation concerning the labour code and minimum wage

Sophie Montel

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the recommendation concerning the labour code and minimum wage  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas every year, the Commission’s economic policy guidelines make recommendations that set out the course of action and the economic and social reforms to be put in place in the Member States;

B.  whereas as part of the 2017 European Semester, the Commission published a report on 22 February 2017 that assessed the French economy and commented on the progress made on the recommendations issued in 2016 for the 2016/2017 period;

C.  whereas the report highlighted the considerable progress made with regard to recommendation number two, which aims to reduce labour costs, make labour law more flexible and limit increases in the minimum wage;

D.  whereas France has already done a lot to reduce labour costs, with limited success;

1.  Calls for consideration to be given to other economic strategies, such as raising the minimum wage above the inflation rate;

2.  Calls for attempts to make the labour law more flexible and to limit wages to be abandoned, given the catastrophic effect they have had on the French economy and the standard of living for French wage-earners.


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