Monday, 24 January, 2022

Officials: the government expects a freeze of the index point until 2022


These are a few lines that have gone unnoticed that could cause some noise in the public service. In a November report, the Retirement Orientation Council (COR) dropped a small bombshell concerning the pay of some 5 million civil servants. According to this document, which establishes financial forecasts for pensions and is based on data from the Ministry of the Budget, the government is indeed counting on a freezing of the index point, which is used as the basis for calculating the salary scale of civil servants, until 2022. A more severe wage rigor than that announced in the previous budget projection of June 2019.

“As regards the evolution of the average index salary of civil servants, it reflects in the short term the salary dynamics anticipated by 2022, taking into account the salary measures strictly known to date”, writes the COR. Then, he continues: “There is no assumption of an increase in the value of the index point. Compared to the assumptions of the projections of June 2019, the evolution of the average index salary appears less dynamic between now and then. 2022. ” Besides the freezing of the point, several reasons explain this wage moderation: the “index wage measures from 2020 to 2022 have been revised downwards”, the smallest reductions of civil servant posts compared to the initial ambitions “reduce the wage room for maneuver” and seniority increases would be smaller.

Increase slower than average salary

More generally, still according to the data sent by Bercy to the COR, the government anticipates that the average salary of civil servants, excluding bonuses, will increase less quickly than the average salary per capita of the French economy in the years to come. “In the projections for June 2018 and June 2019, it was assumed that the average index salary of civil servants would evolve like the average salary per capita of the entire economy between 2022 and 2030, notes the report. Now, it is assumed that the increase in the average index salary would be limited to + 0.1% in constant euros (ie + 1.85% taking into account forecast inflation). ” Including bonuses, however, the average remuneration of civil servants would increase at the same rate as the average salary from 2025.

“These are hypotheses but they are not announcements, there is no decision,” replies Olivier Dussopt, the Secretary of State in charge of the Civil Service at Challenges. In fact, since 2017, the government has never hidden from favoring the granting of bonuses to increase civil servants rather than a general increase in the index point. The 500 million euros of increases announced for teachers in 2021, to prevent the pension reform from leading to a reduction in their future pensions, should also take the form of bonuses. “When we increase the index point by 1%, it costs two billion euros in public spending and it is 14 euros increase for an agent who earns less than 2,000 euros, Olivier Dussopt said on Public Senate in June 2019. It’s always good to take, but it’s little compared to the collective cost. “

The bottom of the grid under the minimum wage

In the union ranks, we hesitate between anger and resignation. “Unfortunately, the government has never given us the sign of a possible thaw of the index point in the coming years, deplores Jean-Marc Canon, secretary general of the CGT Officials. And when we mentioned the continuation of the freeze until ‘in 2022 before the minister, we were not contradicted. ” “The government is careful not to make such announcements to us at this time,” annoys Christian Grolier, leader of the FO Civil Service. And he continues to invite us each year to a meeting on salaries which is a mock consultation. . “

At the CFDT, we point out the growing difficulties in recruiting public employers because of this rigorous salary. “A management of the public service with the only budgetary prism is neither sustainable nor acceptable, warns Mylène Jacquot, secretary general of the CFDT Public service. We need general measures of increases. If this is confirmed, our reaction will be virulent. . ” The union has also just sent a letter to Olivier Dussopt on January 10 to demand a revaluation of the lowest wages in the public service grids. These have fallen below the minimum wage level since the revaluation of the minimum wage to 1is January 2020 …

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