Tuesday, 25 January, 2022

Unemployment insurance, retirement, profit sharing …: the government forced to review its social calendar


The government announced on Monday a three-month postponement of the application of the unemployment insurance reform but does not intend to give it up. The calendars of several other consultations on the agenda of the social summit have been postponed.

The head of government Jean Castex, and ministers Elisabeth Borne and Laurent Pietraszewski, at the end of the second social summit on Monday.

Maintain the spirit of the reforms so as not to change their minds knowing that the economic crisis risks emptying them of their substance: it is the very subtle “at the same time” to which the government is obliged to comply. As shown by the main announcement of the social summit held on Monday Matignon, the second of the Castex era. Already postponed from September to January 1, the implementation of the new unemployment benefit rules is postponed for three months, the Prime Minister announced to the social partners.

Officially, this postponement to April 1 was decided under the seal of “Pragmatism”, even though the unemployment situation will not have changed radically compared to January 1. It does not mean a renunciation of this reform “Major, no more than all other major reforms”, defended Jean Castex, at the end of the meeting, allusion to that of pensions, very little discussed Monday but which, still officially, remains on the agenda of the social agenda.

Compensation parameters

For the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, these three additional months will allow us to see with the social partners how to change the parameters of the compensation rules, knowing that the unions are still demanding their outright abandonment. Without really convincing. “They navigate by sight”, decrypts one of the employer representatives. “They are stuck: whatever the way they move the parameters, the precarious will be hit hard”, abounds another, union side.

Another theme whose schedule has slipped: the sharing of value in the company (profit-sharing, participation, equal pay, etc.). The first consultation session, which was scheduled for September, has been postponed until the end of October-beginning of November and promises passes between unions, which do not intend to let go, and employers, who do not intend to let go of the all taking into account the very tense situation of companies. The follow-up to the reform of vocational training was also deemed less urgent to the point that it was withdrawn from the consultation session on 5 November.

As regards the working conditions of so-called second-line employees, a subject on which the unions have insisted a lot, the gap is even more obvious: the consultation gives way to a mission entrusted to two qualified personalities, in three phases: “Objectification” to know who we are talking about, followed by a diagnosis of the working conditions of these employees, to end with recommendations for improvements in the course of next year promises the Ministry of Labor.

Mandatory telework?

Finally, another very moving subject, teleworking is suspended from the new health restrictions that the executive could announce in the next few days. The mandatory dose – at least two days a week – is likely to be revised upwards. At their unanimous request, the social partners will be consulted before decisions are made on late Tuesday afternoon.

The content of the government’s decisions will indirectly influence the ongoing negotiations between unions and employers, the former accusing the latter of dragging their feet. “We will not do without a national framework”, recalled the leader of the CFDT, Laurent Berger. For the number one of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, teleworking yes, but not all week, knowing that this raises the question of the workstation in particular. Attention, delayed the boss of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, teleworking is not accessible to all employees, far from it.

A new system for professional retraining

Monday’s social summit was an opportunity for the government to announce a new device facilitating the retraining in a collective framework of employees whose jobs are threatened to a different sector of activity and deemed promising in the same pool of employment. Compensation and training will be covered at 40% for companies with more than 1,000 employees, 75% between 300 and 1,000, and 100% below. The Ministry of Labor has earmarked half of the appropriations provided for the FNE-training in the recovery plan, or 500 million. Implementation is expected by the end of the year.

The government announced on Monday a three-month postponement of the application of the unemployment insurance reform but does not intend to give it up. The calendars of several other consultations on the agenda of the social summit have been postponed.

The head of government Jean Castex, and ministers Elisabeth Borne and Laurent Pietraszewski, at the end of the second social summit on Monday.

Maintain the spirit of the reforms so as not to change their minds knowing that the economic crisis risks emptying them of their substance: it is the very subtle “at the same time” to which the government is obliged to comply. As shown by the main announcement of the social summit held on Monday Matignon, the second of the Castex era. Already postponed from September to January 1, the implementation of the new unemployment benefit rules is postponed for three months, the Prime Minister announced to the social partners.

Officially, this postponement to April 1 was decided under the seal of “Pragmatism”, even though the unemployment situation will not have changed radically compared to January 1. It does not mean a renunciation of this reform “Major, no more than all other major reforms”, defended Jean Castex, at the end of the meeting, allusion to that of pensions, very little discussed Monday but which, still officially, remains on the agenda of the social agenda.

Compensation parameters

For the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, these three additional months will allow us to see with the social partners how to change the parameters of the compensation rules, knowing that the unions are still demanding their outright abandonment. Without really convincing. “They navigate by sight”, decrypts one of the employer representatives. “They are stuck: whatever the way they move the parameters, the precarious will be hit hard”, abounds another, union side.

Another theme whose schedule has slipped: the sharing of value in the company (profit-sharing, participation, equal pay, etc.). The first consultation session, which was scheduled for September, has been postponed until the end of October-beginning of November and promises passes between unions, which do not intend to let go, and employers, who do not intend to let go of the all taking into account the very tense situation of companies. The follow-up to the reform of vocational training was also deemed less urgent to the point that it was withdrawn from the consultation session on 5 November.

As regards the working conditions of so-called second-line employees, a subject on which the unions have insisted a lot, the gap is even more obvious: the consultation gives way to a mission entrusted to two qualified personalities, in three phases: “Objectification” to know who we are talking about, followed by a diagnosis of the working conditions of these employees, to end with recommendations for improvements in the course of next year promises the Ministry of Labor.

Mandatory telework?

Finally, another very moving subject, teleworking is suspended from the new health restrictions that the executive could announce in the next few days. The mandatory dose – at least two days a week – is likely to be revised upwards. At their unanimous request, the social partners will be consulted before decisions are made on late Tuesday afternoon.

The content of the government’s decisions will indirectly influence the ongoing negotiations between unions and employers, the former accusing the latter of dragging their feet. “We will not do without a national framework”, recalled the leader of the CFDT, Laurent Berger. For the number one of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, teleworking yes, but not all week, knowing that this raises the question of the workstation in particular. Attention, delayed the boss of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, teleworking is not accessible to all employees, far from it.

A new system for professional retraining

Monday’s social summit was an opportunity for the government to announce a new device facilitating the retraining in a collective framework of employees whose jobs are threatened to a different sector of activity and deemed promising in the same pool of employment. Compensation and training will be covered at 40% for companies with more than 1,000 employees, 75% between 300 and 1,000, and 100% below. The Ministry of Labor has earmarked half of the appropriations provided for the FNE-training in the recovery plan, or 500 million. Implementation is expected by the end of the year.