Low-Wage Work in France

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-01
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
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Low-Wage Work in France examines both the benefits and drawbacks of France's politically inspired system of worker protection. The social and political issues at stake center on integrating the working class into society and maintaining the stability of the republican regime. A variety of state policies - including high minimum wages and strong employee protection - serve to ensure that the low-wage workforce stays relatively small. France's high minimum wage, which is indexed not only to inflation but also to the average increase in employee wages, plays a critical role in limiting the development of low-paid work. Social welfare benefits also make life easier for low-wage workers.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. vii
Introduction: The French Storyp. 1
Low-Wage Work: The Political Debate and Research Agenda in Francep. 16
Low-Wage Work and Labor Market Institutions in Francep. 28
Operators in Food-Processing Industries: Coping with Increasing Pressuresp. 88
Good Jobs, Hard Work? Employment Models for Nurse's Aides and Hospital Housekeepersp. 127
Housekeepers in French Hotels: Cinderella in the Shadowsp. 168
Working Hard for Large French Retailersp. 209
Job Quality and Career Opportunities for Call Center Workers: Contrasting Patterns in Francep. 254
Summary and Conclusions: Why and How Do Institutions Matter?p. 288
Indexp. 303
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