France: Thales signs group agreement focusing on workloads

On 20 November, the management of defence and aerospace group Thales and all the trade unions (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC and CGT) signed a first group agreement on working time. The agreement establishes a fixed working day for managers and engineers, and provides for regular monitoring of workloads in order to foster a better work-life balance. It also proposes new end-of-career support measures.

Through Nathalie Tran. Published on 05 December 2023 Ă  11h59 - Update on 05 December 2023 Ă  11h59

Thales is introducing new rules designed to simplify and harmonise the general framework for the length and organisation of working hours within the group from January 2024. To this end, the agreement signed on 20 November by company management and trade unions, following three years of negotiations, sets for example a limit of 10 hours’ work per day and an annual benchmark of 214 days for managers and engineers. The CGT considers this measure to be “completely at odds with history and social progress”. “We are talking here about an average increase of three working days per year,” the union complains. The CGT also regrets that the discussion was unable to focus on the four-day week, but nonetheless welcomes the introduction of “numerous elements of protection and social progress for all,…

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