Sunday, 28 November, 2021

Deconfinement, teleworking: employers and unions hungry after their meeting with Jean Castex


The Prime Minister did not release any new information on Monday evening to the social partners, within twenty-four hours of Emmanuel Macron’s announcements. However, the reopening of all businesses seems to have been taken for granted.

Jean Castex has the will to

Two hours of meeting for almost nothing, except to allow the guests to reiterate their positions. This is the feeling shared by the number one employers and unions Monday evening after two hours of videoconference meeting with Jean Castex, surrounded by the main ministers engaged on the anti-Covid front.

“It has become the tradition, tomorrow (Tuesday, Editor’s note), when he speaks, the President of the Republic will be able to say that it is after a consultation of employers’ and trade union organizations”, estimated the leader of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, at the end of the meeting. “Overall, we haven’t learned anything”, regretted his counterpart of the CFDT, Laurent Berger. “Not much new”, also estimated François Hommeril, the president of the CFE-CGC.

“I am willing to admit that the Prime Minister was not going to unveil Emmanuel Macron’s announcements. But we were still waiting for a little more details, on the adjustments requested from traders so that they reopen in particular “, reacted, sadly, Laurent Munerot for U2P. The leader of artisans, traders and liberals, has remained largely untouched: no more than a borderline but a “Gradual and controlled loosening to avoid a stop and go”. A defense council is to be held this Tuesday morning to record the decisions.

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Impatience

Jean Castex – who in passing announced his decision to postpone the fall in the budgets of apprentice training centers until the start of the 2022 school year, and no longer 2021 – wants to “Give visibility for the end of the year”, underlined the employer leader. Mainly interested in the reopening of administratively closed sales outlets, he impatiently awaits to know precisely when the businesses will reopen.

“We talk a lot about small bosses, but we should not forget the employees, who for months have to support a drop in wages with partial unemployment”, underlines the leader of Force Ouvrière, Yves Veyrier. Like the other trade unionists, he took advantage of the meeting to return to major social issues, including unemployment insurance. With a focus on seasonal workers when, usually, the first ski slopes will soon open. “We also alerted him to social plans and long-term partial activity”, added Laurent Berger.

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Skiing: mountain professionals put up with suspense

Teleworking in the public service

The other big topic discussed was teleworking as at the same time union and employer negotiators tried to strike a deal for what was supposed to be their last bargaining session before taking a late-night break and to decide to meet again this Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. “We have noted the government’s clear desire to continue to make massive use of it during the first quarter of 2021, or even the second”, still according to François Hommeril.

Philippe Martinez, him, challenged the government on the opening of the file of teleworking in the public service. “He hangs around to initiate discussions”, he regretted.

The Prime Minister did not release any new information on Monday evening to the social partners, within twenty-four hours of Emmanuel Macron’s announcements. However, the reopening of all businesses seems to have been taken for granted.

Jean Castex has the will to

Two hours of meeting for almost nothing, except to allow the guests to reiterate their positions. This is the feeling shared by the number one employers and unions Monday evening after two hours of videoconference meeting with Jean Castex, surrounded by the main ministers engaged on the anti-Covid front.

“It has become the tradition, tomorrow (Tuesday, Editor’s note), when he speaks, the President of the Republic will be able to say that it is after a consultation of employers’ and trade union organizations”, estimated the leader of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, at the end of the meeting. “Overall, we haven’t learned anything”, regretted his counterpart of the CFDT, Laurent Berger. “Not much new”, also estimated François Hommeril, the president of the CFE-CGC.

“I am willing to admit that the Prime Minister was not going to unveil Emmanuel Macron’s announcements. But we were still waiting for a little more details, on the adjustments requested from traders so that they reopen in particular “, reacted, sadly, Laurent Munerot for U2P. The leader of artisans, traders and liberals, has remained largely untouched: no more than a borderline but a “Gradual and controlled loosening to avoid a stop and go”. A defense council is to be held this Tuesday morning to record the decisions.

Read also:

Covid, deconfinement: Emmanuel Macron facing the French to set the course

Impatience

Jean Castex – who in passing announced his decision to postpone the fall in the budgets of apprentice training centers until the start of the 2022 school year, and no longer 2021 – wants to “Give visibility for the end of the year”, underlined the employer leader. Mainly interested in the reopening of administratively closed sales outlets, he impatiently awaits to know precisely when the businesses will reopen.

“We talk a lot about small bosses, but we should not forget the employees, who for months have to support a drop in wages with partial unemployment”, underlines the leader of Force Ouvrière, Yves Veyrier. Like the other trade unionists, he took advantage of the meeting to return to major social issues, including unemployment insurance. With a focus on seasonal workers when, usually, the first ski slopes will soon open. “We also alerted him to social plans and long-term partial activity”, added Laurent Berger.

Read also:

Skiing: mountain professionals put up with suspense

Teleworking in the public service

The other big topic discussed was teleworking as at the same time union and employer negotiators tried to strike a deal for what was supposed to be their last bargaining session before taking a late-night break and to decide to meet again this Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. “We have noted the government’s clear desire to continue to make massive use of it during the first quarter of 2021, or even the second”, still according to François Hommeril.

Philippe Martinez, him, challenged the government on the opening of the file of teleworking in the public service. “He hangs around to initiate discussions”, he regretted.