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"What can be done about inequalities in salary between men and women?"

DSK - starts talking about inequalities, saying there are more and more, repeats the same thing he said earlier about using the wrong methodology in the past, and then gets to men and women ... saying that we need to prevent inequalities before capitalism creates them: "something must be done about this particularly horrible one between men and women, we won't be able to solve all inequalities in 5 years" (but we'll get some).

What about you Fabius? Maybe you could even start with parity in your government?

Fabius - "Yes, I have in fact promised it, my government will have as many men as women [..] i would fight against imposed part time [..] for instance in companies, very early in the morning, 4am, it's often women who clean up ... which means they cannot have dinner with their children, this is what I mean by imposed part time [..] increase allocations towards women"

What about you Royal, do you think the 35 hours are responsible here? You seemed to be criticizing them ...

Royal - "the 35 hour week constituted a great progress for many, but a regression for some [..] it needs to always be a factor of social progress, so in sectors where it hasn't been, it will have to be adapted. I'm not saying it's a mistake, it's created a great amount of jobs, has increased productivity and is a true social progress, I am only saying that in cases where it didn't lead to job creations, it created social regression"

by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 04:04:46 PM EST
Royal concludes with: "I don't want to use formulas and always say that everything we've done is good. It's in this context that we need to be extremely demanding and require that the 35 hour week be a social progress for everyone"
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 04:07:50 PM EST
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