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“There is a social despair, the extent of which should not be underestimated”


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Journalist Étienne Lefebvre, economist Christophe Ramaux and former FO boss Jean-Claude Mailly discuss the future of the economy which could be blurred by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this period of health crisis, the social partners have been very responsible and up to the task. According to a study, the image of unions has improved ”, underlines Étienne Lefebvre, editor-in-chief at Echoes, sure franceinfo Tuesday, May 4. “The problem is that the recovery is going to be complicated. The unions will have to manage a lot of restructuring files in a lot of companies ”.

“In France, there is social despair, the extent of which should not be underestimated. With the Covid-19, we have a terrible crisis which must lead to change the lines and the government is not deviating from its path. We need a solidarity program: rehabilitate public services, social protection and change corporate governance ”, says Christophe Ramaux, member of the appalled Economists. “A study shows that the large French groups have 62% of their jobs abroad, in Germany it is 38%, so the unions have greater power.

“I agree and I think that it will come with real provisions which will go on more employee shareholding, more responsibilities, more commitments and more controls of the companies”, comments Jean-Claude Mailly, author of the book Demonstrations and whispers at Flammarion.

Pôle Emploi shows that companies’ hiring intentions are much higher in 2021 than in 2019, which was a good year. There will be a gigantic training and reconversion project between sectors in difficulty and others which will start again very strongly ”, concludes journalist Étienne Lefebvre.



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