Thursday, 20 January, 2022

The crisis shakes up the second social summit of Castex


The Prime Minister receives unions and employers on Monday for a second social summit, three and a half months after the first. The crisis calls into question the ambitions and priorities of the consultation agenda that he set in July. Unemployment insurance and pension reforms are increasingly on the spot.

Barely appointed Prime Minister in July, Jean Castex proposed 17 themes for consultation with the social partners.

In mid-July, barely appointed Prime Minister, Jean Castex received unions and employers for a social summit with great fanfare with the manifest desire to renew the thread of a dialogue which was considerably damaged by his predecessor. At the exit, a rich social agenda, perhaps too rich, of seventeen themes and the promise of a review within four months. Promise kept since the social partners have an appointment this Monday morning in Matignon. As for the announcements, however, we will have to wait: not only has the climate of confidence between the two camps eroded, but above all, given the health and economic situation, the mountain risks giving birth to a mouse. .

Almost all conducted under the aegis of the Ministry of Labor, the consultations were grouped into six blocks, of which only three were the subject of a first session at the Ministry of Labor at this stage. The advisers of Elisabeth Borne, the minister, discussed the reform of vocational training, unemployment insurance, or the setting to music of the youth plan. Without much result.

Generalized float

The almost complete renewal of the cabinet of the Minister of Labor, endorsed by the recent departure of Alain Druelles, the training and apprenticeship specialist, did not help, but obviously the teams in place did not succeed to dispel the shared feeling of floating after several weeks at the helm. “Like skates”, we testify in the employers’ camp. “The firm does not master certain subjects. It smells like smoke ”, abounds, more direct, a union representative, pointing to the example of professional retraining for which the eight employers’ and union organizations have sent the ministry back to the ropes.

The feeling that the ambition of the social agenda agreed in July will have to be reduced is also shared, given the context and the little useful time remaining before the start of the presidential campaign. What we implicitly recognize in Matignon. “The seventeen subjects on the agenda are still good subjects, but we have to be pragmatic in the face of the health and economic situation. There will be a need to prioritize ”, do we know in the entourage of the Prime Minister, who intends to focus on “Immediate responses to the crisis”.

Sorting out what is relevant or not, that will be the whole subject of the discussions on Monday. Jean Castex will at least have to respond to social partners on retraining, a topic placed at the top of the pile. It will also specify the calendar for the shortage trades. Ditto for posted workers or second line workers – cashiers for example – for whom the unions are lobbying. Well underway, the negotiations on health at work or teleworking are for the moment in the hands of the social partners. Long on the table, the theme of value sharing appears more uncertain.

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Explosive

There remain the two most explosive subjects and the most likely to be postponed. First, there is the reform of unemployment insurance, the annoying measures of which were delayed until January 1. Difficult, for Jean Castex, to decide at this stage while a consultation meeting is scheduled for November 5. A government heavyweight, however, agrees: “Excellent reform but inapplicable with the crisis. “

“In a period of such significant rise in unemployment, I do not see how it will be implemented by 2022. Same thing for the pension reform, we will not have the possibility of doing it by the next day. presidential “, abounds a tenor of the majority. Unanimous, the unions believe that this issue should be removed from the agenda. Laurent Munerot, the president of the U2P, abounds. As for unemployment insurance, the official position is not, at this stage, to give up, pending the report of the Advisory Board of pensions in November.

Youth plan: an “encouraging” start

Aid for hiring young people “Are starting to bear fruit”, estimates the government. In August and September, there were 696,000 hires of young people under 26 on contracts of at least three months, against 686,000 last year, an increase of 1.3%. At this stage, the hiring bonus for a CDI or CDD of at least three months has been requested 43,000 times, which is far from being “Anecdotal”, underlines the Ministry of Labor. In addition, 314,000 apprenticeship contracts have been signed since January 1. The record of 368,000 last year therefore remains achievable again. The returns are also in line with the objectives on the support contracts for the integration of young people furthest from employment, with the exception of the Youth Guarantee, perhaps because health measures are slowing down collective workshops. , still according to the ministry.

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The Prime Minister receives unions and employers on Monday for a second social summit, three and a half months after the first. The crisis calls into question the ambitions and priorities of the consultation agenda that he set in July. Unemployment insurance and pension reforms are increasingly on the spot.

Barely appointed Prime Minister in July, Jean Castex proposed 17 themes for consultation with the social partners.

In mid-July, barely appointed Prime Minister, Jean Castex received unions and employers for a social summit with great fanfare with the manifest desire to renew the thread of a dialogue which was considerably damaged by his predecessor. At the exit, a rich social agenda, perhaps too rich, of seventeen themes and the promise of a review within four months. Promise kept since the social partners have an appointment this Monday morning in Matignon. As for the announcements, however, we will have to wait: not only has the climate of confidence between the two camps eroded, but above all, given the health and economic situation, the mountain risks giving birth to a mouse. .

Almost all conducted under the aegis of the Ministry of Labor, the consultations were grouped into six blocks, of which only three were the subject of a first session at the Ministry of Labor at this stage. The advisers of Elisabeth Borne, the minister, discussed the reform of vocational training, unemployment insurance, or the setting to music of the youth plan. Without much result.

Generalized float

The almost complete renewal of the cabinet of the Minister of Labor, endorsed by the recent departure of Alain Druelles, the training and apprenticeship specialist, did not help, but obviously the teams in place did not succeed to dispel the shared feeling of floating after several weeks at the helm. “Like skates”, we testify in the employers’ camp. “The firm does not master certain subjects. It smells like smoke ”, abounds, more direct, a union representative, pointing to the example of professional retraining for which the eight employers’ and union organizations have sent the ministry back to the ropes.

The feeling that the ambition of the social agenda agreed in July will have to be reduced is also shared, given the context and the little useful time remaining before the start of the presidential campaign. What we implicitly recognize in Matignon. “The seventeen subjects on the agenda are still good subjects, but we have to be pragmatic in the face of the health and economic situation. There will be a need to prioritize ”, do we know in the entourage of the Prime Minister, who intends to focus on “Immediate responses to the crisis”.

Sorting out what is relevant or not, that will be the whole subject of the discussions on Monday. Jean Castex will at least have to respond to social partners on retraining, a topic placed at the top of the pile. It will also specify the calendar for the shortage trades. Ditto for posted workers or second line workers – cashiers for example – for whom the unions are lobbying. Well underway, the negotiations on health at work or teleworking are for the moment in the hands of the social partners. Long on the table, the theme of value sharing appears more uncertain.

Read also:

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Explosive

There remain the two most explosive subjects and the most likely to be postponed. First, there is the reform of unemployment insurance, the annoying measures of which were delayed until January 1. Difficult, for Jean Castex, to decide at this stage while a consultation meeting is scheduled for November 5. A government heavyweight, however, agrees: “Excellent reform but inapplicable with the crisis. “

“In a period of such significant rise in unemployment, I do not see how it will be implemented by 2022. Same thing for the pension reform, we will not have the possibility of doing it by the next day. presidential “, abounds a tenor of the majority. Unanimous, the unions believe that this issue should be removed from the agenda. Laurent Munerot, the president of the U2P, abounds. As for unemployment insurance, the official position is not, at this stage, to give up, pending the report of the Advisory Board of pensions in November.

Youth plan: an “encouraging” start

Aid for hiring young people “Are starting to bear fruit”, estimates the government. In August and September, there were 696,000 hires of young people under 26 on contracts of at least three months, against 686,000 last year, an increase of 1.3%. At this stage, the hiring bonus for a CDI or CDD of at least three months has been requested 43,000 times, which is far from being “Anecdotal”, underlines the Ministry of Labor. In addition, 314,000 apprenticeship contracts have been signed since January 1. The record of 368,000 last year therefore remains achievable again. The returns are also in line with the objectives on the support contracts for the integration of young people furthest from employment, with the exception of the Youth Guarantee, perhaps because health measures are slowing down collective workshops. , still according to the ministry.

Read also:

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