Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Breaking News

So there I was, with a well-known professor, having lunch at La Méditerranée opposite the Odéon, when a demonstration suddenly broke out. It was led by the CGC, the union of cadres, with participation by the CGT and CFDT, and mounted in protest of the attack on the 35-hour week, the loss of vacation days by cadres, and other indignities. On the spot news--it seems harder than I thought to take a vacation from the blog. The picture is my own, one of many.


MYOS said...

the deal to the "cadres" (how would you translate that?) was that they'd be asked to work 10-hour days without overtime pay but would get extra days to rest. If you take out the extra days, the deal's off.
However an executive protest in July isn't likely to yield any result. Just the concept of an executive protest is enough to warrant interest though. Thanks for the post and the picture.

Found this also on mediapart about a dababase that would be used to profile anyone who had anything to do with public life, whether class president or charity volunteer, giving rights to the secret services to use the data as they see fit. Well that's what the blog says. I need to look it up but found it either worrisome because the writer is paranoid or because it might be true.
Made me think of the story Salon broke about a second Watergate
Once again, scratching my head.

Anonymous said...

It is a known fact that the great beneficiaries of the Aubry laws were not the rank and file workers who saw their wages more or less frozen in return, but the " cadres" who got away with a 218-day working year.

This is now going up to 235 days. Who works less in the world ?

But this time, contrary to what Aubry did in the past, the law is fixing limits but do not impose the change. Everything will have to be discussed and agreed within each company.

Art: you must have felt very priviledged, watching the "damnés de la terre" marching past from your table in La Mediterranée...not exactly a proletarian eating place. Did you feel like a resurgence of younger days and an impulse to join them ?

MYOS said...

I really don't like Libération but today it's got a piece on the cadres you saw protest.
I hadn't realized they were protesting during their lunch break so as to not affect their businesses...

Anonymous said...

Ah, La Méditerranée ... as a poor US student living in the Rue de Vaugirard, I drooled over that place in the early eighties almost every day. What a great selection of oysters they used to have, the designer plates and decorations! One night I convinced my visiting parents to take me there for dinner. The service was so bad/arrogant/rude that it ruined the meal for me. Last year I visited my old haunts with my own family. The restaurant was closed when we walked past, and, frankly, it looked much more ragged than I remember. I guess you need a large number of slender and well-dressed people and evening lights to make the atmosphere. I hope that the service has improved (it was quite good in Paris generally on our last visit) and that the oyster selection is still as good. Bonnes vacances!