Flexibility and security (flexisecurity)
There seems to be a conflict between the protection of the employment, and the flexibility (fluidity) of the job market.
Yet, if I am not wrong, Denmark has managed to combine the two with the concept of flexisecurity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexicurity .
I believe it could be worth to incorporate this (apparent?) conflict in our debate.
Dissatisfaction at work: Putting an end to the “French exception”
Etienne Wasmer, Institut Montaigne, April 2012
Employees in France are generally more dissatisfied with their jobs than elsewhere in Europe and are also some of the most stressed employees in the world.
This observation seems all the more paradoxical since French labour law is very protective towards employees and, according to several objective indicators, they enjoy apparently favourable working conditions. Indeed, compared with other Europeans, the French work less hours in the year, are less busy at the weekend and generally have shorter working schedules.
Through international comparisons, this study shows that poor dialogue in companies, lack of mobility and some inflexible aspects of French social laws are the reasons for employee dissatisfaction. It makes a number of proposals to encourage professional mobility and improve the way the labor market functions in France.
The study report is only available in french.