Impossible!! French workers face ban on wine at work

on 04/07/14 at 10:02 am

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crying-under-deskFrench workers can for the first time be forbidden from drinking wine in the workplace by their employers after an historic labour ministry ruling.

This age-old custom in French working life has until now been mandated by law, with the now-defunct ‘Work Code’ stipulating that employers could not ban beer, cider and wine from workplace canteens and social drinks in offices.

Other beverages – such as spirits – were able to be forbidden under the code, while drivers, medical staff and machine operators (among others) have always been banned from drinking at all if they are on duty.

But the French labour ministry ruling now threatens to cut all French employees from this long-held tradition, leaving it to employers to judge wether or not they want wine and other beverages consumed in the workplace.

The ministry argue that alcohol can “threaten the security and the physical and mental wellbeing of workers,” reports France 24.

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