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Civil Liberties at Work

Subordination being the main criterion of the work contract and
businesses belonging to a private realm dedicated to production,
firms are not a natural site for the development of civil liberties. Yet,
since 1982, Labour Law has acknowledged legal precedents forcing
the former “pater patronus” to reconcile the citizen’s civil liberties
with the duties of the salaried employee. Such reconciliation is not
always easy to achieve on a day to day basis under the rule of law, for
instance in cases involving private life issues in the workplace. The
arrival of new generations little used to respecting authorities together
with the emergence of Information technology networks have redesigned
Taylor’s formula “productivity = discipline”. For “knowledge
workers” today, freedom is the source of productivity : where and
when they work is of no importance if the result is achieved. Yet, do
their blackberries and laptops that enable them to work “where and
when they want” lead to a state of enhanced liberty or of voluntary
servitude ?


Référence électonique : Jean-Emmanuel RAY, "Civil Liberties at Work", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°130, 130 - L’état des libertés, p.127-142 . Consulté le 2021-06-24 04:46:57 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Civil-Liberties-at-Work.html