the government remains vague about the graduation of the compensation rules

Clarifications that do not remove the fog. While the bill, which paves the way for a reform of the unemployment insurance, was passed in the National Assembly on Tuesday 11 October and will be considered in the Senate on 25 October, the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt received on Monday 17 October i.a. the social partners at the beginning of the consultation round on the graduation of the compensation rules according to the state of the labor market.

During a two-hour meeting, Mr Dussopt presented to all trade unions and employers’ organizations – with the exception of the CGT, which had announced in a press release that they refused to attend a hearing if “the result is limited” – the preferred ways to set up the modulation. Despite this presentation, there is still an impression of vagueness about the application criteria.

Adapt the compensation rules

However, the government intends to move quickly: the consultation will continue with bilateral meetings, before concluding with a new multilateral meeting on November 21, to present the ministry’s arbitration procedures for an application of the reform, by decree, in early 2023. For according to the executive board, there is an urgent need to act, while the recruitment difficulties do not abate at the same time that the unemployment rate remains stable, around 7.5% of the working population. It is in this context that it therefore wants to integrate mechanisms to modulate the compensation rules to make these latter incentives when the labor market situation is considered favorable, and more protective when it worsens.

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A principle of “countercyclicality”with which the trade unions again expressed their deep disagreement. “We reminded the minister that we are opposed to any modulation system”said Michel Beaugas, Federal Secretary of the FO, after the meeting. Same story on the site of CFDT: “We intend to discuss the merits of the reform before discussing the criteria”, said the Deputy Secretary General of the facility, Marylise Léon. Jean-François Foucard, National Secretary of the CFE-CGC, said to himself: “very doubtful that this modulation can solve the recruitment problems. » “Dark days are ahead for job seekers”in turn, the Confederate Secretary of the CFTC, Eric Courpotin, launched.

The need to keep it simple

On the other hand, the employers turned out to be, quite unexpectedly, divided on the issue. Michel Picon, vice-chairman of the Union of Local Businesses (U2P) – which represents craftsmen, liberal professions and traders – mentioned thus “doubt” of his organization, “especially on the connection between countercyclicality and [la] easier to recruit”. “ It seems more important to us to work with training, Mr. Picon continued. The people arriving at our small businesses are far from the level of employability we expect. We therefore made a number of reservations. » Medef has through Hubert Mongon “clearly indicated that these proposals were a step in the right direction to solve recruitment problems”; like Jean-Michel Pottier, for the Confederation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (CPME): “We subscribe to this reflection on modulation in a very clear way. »

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