We must “press pause” on the subject of pension reform, while safeguarding employment and business competitiveness is the priority, said the president of Medef Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux on Saturday.
“We must press pause for a few months so that we put all our energy into what matters, that is to say the production tool”, declared Mr. Roux de Bézieux during a debate with the secretary general of the CFDT Laurent Berger at the Economic Meetings of Aix-en-Seine.
“It’s pause to resume, not pause forever,” he said.
Mr. Berger, who had already denounced Friday the will of Emmanuel Macron to relaunch this summer the “consultation” on the financial balances of the pension system, for his part noted on Saturday “such opposition in our country on this subject that ‘we have no interest in putting on the face at the start of the school year or during the summer on the subject.
“If we succeed in saving employment”
For the president of Medef, “if we have succeeded in safeguarding employment, if we do not have this million (additional) unemployed that everyone promises us at the end of the year, we will be able to leave”.
“And then yes, we will have to discuss pensions because there is this project for a universal system, but there is also a huge financial hole,” he added.
Mr. de Roux de Bézieux also reiterated his reservations about a universal points system wanted by Mr. Berger.
The universal system, “since we start from a very complicated system, it’s fine on Powerpoint”, but “I find that it doesn’t work”, he declared.
In an interview with the regional daily press published Thursday evening, Mr. Macron said that “there (would be) no abandonment” of his project for a universal system, which he still considers “fair”, even if ‘he says he is “open” to his reform “being transformed”.
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