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Well, I was expanding on Jérôme's view in opposition to Martin's interpretation of it.

But I think you should consider the situation of employees in small to middling enterprises (about half of private sector employees in France, I think) who may feel that, when the public sector unions are capable of showing their teeth, that has an effect on the employee/employer balance of power that they themselves are tributary to. That is (or has been over several decades) a widely-shared perception. And one that may not be entirely mistaken, in my view.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 16th, 2009 at 05:35:38 AM EST
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I don't disagree on the fact that SMEs' employees feel sympathy for the workers who can go on strike when they themselves can't. What I question is the "by proxy" idea. I think that, unfortunately, the strikes in the public sector have little impact on the employer/employee relationship in the public sector. A good example is the case of the reform of the retirement scheme in the private sector.    

"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 05:47:42 AM EST
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