Big French union urges Macron not to be in a rush to push through labor reform

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Posted: May 23, 2017 5:31 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - The head of France's biggest moderate trade union, CFDT, said on Tuesday he had told President Emmanuel Macron in talks not to try to rush through his labor reform plans this summer.

Laurent Berger told journalists he had urged the newly-elected Macron in talks to "leave enough time for dialogue" with the unions.

"I asked him not to do it hurriedly, to do it without rushing, that the idea should not be to wrap everything up by the end of summer, end of August," he said, adding that this timetable would be impossible to stick to.

(Reporting by Marine Pennetier and Michel Rose; Writing by Richard Balmforth)