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It was only at national and sometimes sectoral level that only the "five unions which are considered legitimate representatives of workers" you're mentioning used to be allowed to participate. At company (or organisation) and local level, other unions (like UNSA, FSU, SUD, or FGAAC for SNCF...) could be legitimate and participate in bargaining.

This has changed with  the law of August 2008. Now, any union is legitimate in a company provided it has obtained at least 10% of the votes in the professional elections (or 8% of the votes in a sector). This will induce big changes in the unions strategies (and probably some unions will merge).

 

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Fri Jan 16th, 2009 at 04:58:18 AM EST
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Understood, but even before, if a union had the support of its workers like SUD-rail has in the SNCF, the direction was anyhow often forced to deal with it, de facto representativity.

But, I was responding to your comment that SUD was not at the bargaining table. When it wasn't, it wasn't by generally by choice but because it wasn't invited.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Fri Jan 16th, 2009 at 05:00:37 AM EST
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