The Capital Times: Protest in France sees law as slap against young workers

By Aaron Nathans, The Capital Times

French students and young workers are fighting a new labor law in the streets because it cements their status as second-class members of the workforce, said panelists at a University of Wisconsin-Madison forum.

Jonathan Zeitlin, a UW-Madison professor of sociology and public affairs at the La Follette Institute, said young French people are employed with precarious contracts that don’t give them more than a few months’ job security. The new law would “institutionalize second-class status” for those under 26, he said.