Sunday, 23 January, 2022

Pensions: the concessions already obtained in transport


To obtain an exit from the conflict in transport, the government made numerous concessions to the beneficiaries of special regimes and it quickly gave in to the pilots who threatened to open a second front.

At SNCF and RATP, the reform will be painless

Both railway workers and RATP staff in the statute benefit from a lag of five to ten years compared to the rest of the French. The transition to the universal system only concerns sedentary workers (counter clerks, IT specialists, accountants, etc.) born from 1980 and those on the road (train drivers, controllers, etc.) born from 1985. Among railway workers, this concerns 52,000 people.

Another specificity: the legal age of departure. For staff hired before 2025, it will gradually reach 62 years (compared to 57 or 52 currently), depending on their seniority. For example at the SNCF: a sedentary railway worker, with nine years of service in 2025, will be able to leave at the age of 59. A driver, hired in 2019, will have the opportunity to assert his retirement rights at 58 years old.

And a battery of measures should alleviate the end of the career of railway workers, with part-time positions for agents exercising one of the 58 rail professions recognized as difficult (network operator, material agent, driver, switchman or controller). The limit for the time savings account will be increased to 410 days, ie double the current one.

Finally, the level of pension will be improved, thanks in particular to the “Italian clause”: to calculate the rights acquired before 2025 (before the entry into force of the reform), account will be taken of the remuneration that would be obtained. by applying the current rules of the special regime, based on the last six months of the career. In addition, premiums (for night or weekend work) will be taken into account in determining the amount of the pension.

The pilots will always leave at the age of 60 …

The pilots obtained the maintenance of their independent supplementary scheme, the Flight Staff Pension Fund (CRPN). They will still be able to retire at full rate at age 60. In addition, they will continue to receive their supplementary pension paid by the CRPN, whose reserves funded by their contributions amount to 5 billion euros. The flight attendants and flight attendants also obtained guarantees. First, all those born before 1987 will be able to continue to retire from the age of 55. The age of entitlement will gradually converge to 60 years for generations born after 1987 and not before 1975 as was initially planned.

… and truck drivers at 57

The truck drivers have essentially obtained that the provision concerning end-of-service leave (CFA) is maintained. This device, partly funded by the State to the tune of 130 million euros, allows them to stop working at 57 years by receiving 75% of their gross salary until retirement at 62 years. On the other hand, the government referred the demands for wage increases to negotiations in the sector.

But the government wanted to limit this advantage to police officers actually working on the ground. A casus belli for the unions. In mid-December, the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner therefore assured them that there would be no distinction according to the missions. The police officers assigned to office positions, intended to be occupied by administrative agents, should be offered positions in the field and thus benefit from the exemptions.

The government therefore believed it had resolved the conflict. Fault. After an exit of the Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, the unions understood that the non-commissioned officers of the gendarmerie in post would not fall under the universal regime. Indeed, the reform will only concern those over seventeen years of retirement age. In fact, only new recruits will be affected, while the police officers born after 1985 will have to join the new regime. A difference in treatment deemed inadmissible. D. B.

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Pension reform

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