Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Teleworking: the employers promise to integrate in their text “points of convergence with the unions”


The social partners met on Tuesday for a third negotiation session on teleworking on the basis of a draft agreement sent the day before by employers’ representatives. Discussions are made difficult by internal resistance from the employers. But the latter promised for November 23 to make “a final proposal” integrating “points of convergence” with the unions.

François Asselin (CGPME) and Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux (Medef).

The previous meeting on telework – supposed to be the third – had been canceled at the last minute by the employers. That of this Tuesday afternoon was well maintained and promised to be dense since the employers’ organizations had sent the previous evening a draft agreement of 15 pages according to the plan on which everyone had agreed.

But the text transmitted shows that at best the strategy adopted by the employers’ organizations is that of the scarecrows. If two sprains are planned to the character “Neither prescriptive nor binding” of the agreement, they can only bristle the unions since it is a question of further easing the conditions for formalizing teleworking which would be done “by any means”, therefore not necessarily in writing, and of reviewing the presumption of accountability. the employer in the event of a teleworking accident.

What room for discussion?

Asked before entering into negotiations, the unions explained that they were not surprised at the optional nature of the provisions of the project. But they wondered about the margins of discussion of employers. ” Will we manage to make this employers’ guide a useful joint text ? Nothing is less certain but we must not insult the future », Declared Jean-François Foucard, the negotiator of the CFE-CGC.

Béatrice Clicq, Force Ouvrière negotiator, wanted to believe in the employers’ willingness to negotiate. She was pointing “Some signs of the beginning of taking into account”, cReferring to page 4 of the text where it is stated that “Teleworking is set up within the framework of a collective agreement or, failing this, within the framework of a charter drawn up by the employer after consulting the social and economic committee, if there is one”.

Worries

But on the union side we are very worried about what will happen next. From the start, CPME has openly stated its hostility to negotiating an agreement on telework in general. The Medef, for its part, pushed not to limit the discussions to the sole issue of teleworking in the event of force majeure as wanted by the Confederation of SMEs. ” To prevent the measures taken from subsequently turning into structural measures », Explains an employer manager. But the Medef does not have a mandate to negotiate. This Monday, the executive council of Medef rejected several avenues of opening in the face of union demands. With a hard point in particular, the definition of teleworking positions which employers want to keep control, the employers’ project affirming that it comes under the power of management.

There is both the fact that teleworking appears to be more than incidental in the face of current economic difficulties and uncertainties, but also the surge of employer discontent in the field, far from being limited to traders alone. And then there is also the threatening speech of the government on the obligation to generalize teleworking in which few believe. ” It will rock with the unions », Comments an employer organization manager.

Extend the schedule

But it didn’t rock. “We did not have the impression of attending the same meeting as last week”, notes the same leader. Faced with employers’ resistance, employee organizations are obviously trying not to break the thread of the discussions. The leader of the employers, Hubert Mongon, tried to use humor, calling their first project a “Workable and even teleworkable” with the unions. There are ” progress made by trade unions that we have accepted “, He added without them not seeing what he was talking about. He especially promised ” in the potential landing phase of negotiation “Of the next meeting set for November 23 to do” a final proposal “Integrating the” points of convergence With the unions.

However, nothing says for the moment that he will obtain the mandate. “We have the right to draw on an additional negotiating session,” said a trade unionist. ” We must not despair, we will try to relax the calendar », Explains another, who hopes that the government will put pressure on his side.

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The social partners met on Tuesday for a third negotiation session on teleworking on the basis of a draft agreement sent the day before by employers’ representatives. Discussions are made difficult by internal resistance from the employers. But the latter promised for November 23 to make “a final proposal” integrating “points of convergence” with the unions.

François Asselin (CGPME) and Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux (Medef).

The previous meeting on telework – supposed to be the third – had been canceled at the last minute by the employers. That of this Tuesday afternoon was well maintained and promised to be dense since the employers’ organizations had sent the previous evening a draft agreement of 15 pages according to the plan on which everyone had agreed.

But the text transmitted shows that at best the strategy adopted by the employers’ organizations is that of the scarecrows. If two sprains are planned to the character “Neither prescriptive nor binding” of the agreement, they can only bristle the unions since it is a question of further easing the conditions for formalizing teleworking which would be done “by any means”, therefore not necessarily in writing, and of reviewing the presumption of accountability. the employer in the event of a teleworking accident.

What room for discussion?

Asked before entering into negotiations, the unions explained that they were not surprised at the optional nature of the provisions of the project. But they wondered about the margins of discussion of employers. ” Will we manage to make this employers’ guide a useful joint text ? Nothing is less certain but we must not insult the future », Declared Jean-François Foucard, the negotiator of the CFE-CGC.

Béatrice Clicq, Force Ouvrière negotiator, wanted to believe in the employers’ willingness to negotiate. She was pointing “Some signs of the beginning of taking into account”, cReferring to page 4 of the text where it is stated that “Teleworking is set up within the framework of a collective agreement or, failing this, within the framework of a charter drawn up by the employer after consulting the social and economic committee, if there is one”.

Worries

But on the union side we are very worried about what will happen next. From the start, CPME has openly stated its hostility to negotiating an agreement on telework in general. The Medef, for its part, pushed not to limit the discussions to the sole issue of teleworking in the event of force majeure as wanted by the Confederation of SMEs. ” To prevent the measures taken from subsequently turning into structural measures », Explains an employer manager. But the Medef does not have a mandate to negotiate. This Monday, the executive council of Medef rejected several avenues of opening in the face of union demands. With a hard point in particular, the definition of teleworking positions which employers want to keep control, the employers’ project affirming that it comes under the power of management.

There is both the fact that teleworking appears to be more than incidental in the face of current economic difficulties and uncertainties, but also the surge of employer discontent in the field, far from being limited to traders alone. And then there is also the threatening speech of the government on the obligation to generalize teleworking in which few believe. ” It will rock with the unions », Comments an employer organization manager.

Extend the schedule

But it didn’t rock. “We did not have the impression of attending the same meeting as last week”, notes the same leader. Faced with employers’ resistance, employee organizations are obviously trying not to break the thread of the discussions. The leader of the employers, Hubert Mongon, tried to use humor, calling their first project a “Workable and even teleworkable” with the unions. There are ” progress made by trade unions that we have accepted “, He added without them not seeing what he was talking about. He especially promised ” in the potential landing phase of negotiation “Of the next meeting set for November 23 to do” a final proposal “Integrating the” points of convergence With the unions.

However, nothing says for the moment that he will obtain the mandate. “We have the right to draw on an additional negotiating session,” said a trade unionist. ” We must not despair, we will try to relax the calendar », Explains another, who hopes that the government will put pressure on his side.

Read also:

Reconfinement: these companies that telework à la carte