France takes unions by surprise with ‘attack’ on public sector jobs

The French government surprised labour unions Thursday by announcing voluntary buyouts for some of the country’s five million civil servants, an unprecedented move against jobs which are largely considered secure for life. President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to axe 120,000 public jobs within four years, though just 1,600 layoffs were announced as part of his 2018 budget. Source TheLocal

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