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Strikes over the past 50 years have barely made a dent in the French economy

By Patrice Laroche, Professeur des Universités en sciences de gestion, IAE Nancy School of management
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In France, more than 1.2 million people (2.8 million, according to trade unions) took to the streets against proposed pension reform on Tuesday, exceeding crowds galvanised by the first national day of strike on 19 January.

How might these strikes impact the economy and businesses, already beset by high inflation and low growth?

From a historical perspective, research shows that while industrial action may inflict short-term losses on the economy, it bears little influence on long-term growth. It is worth noting the number of strike days per 1,000 employees has fallen drastically…The Conversation

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