Unemployment insurance: against a suspension of the reform of the trade unions?

They are not only opposed to the pension reform. The five representative unions at the national interprofessional level are also contesting the change to the unemployment fund rules, which came into effect on Wednesday, February 1, but instead of calling for strikes and demonstrations on the issue, they are considering an appeal. state to obtain suspension of the application of the reform.

“We are working on a joint appeal with the other trade unions to seize the State Council in a summary case, explain to Thanks for the info Denis Gravouil, responsible for unemployment insurance at CGT. A judge in the chamber decides as soon as possible before a decision is made on the merits of the case. According to Denis Gravouil, employee organizations study “legal arguments” to present to the institution, supreme administrative jurisdiction, to obtain the annulment of the decree of January 26, which detailed the new rules. Unions have “two months” from the publication of the text i Official newspaperon 27 January to seize the State Council.

The entry into force of the decree led to a 25% reduction in the duration of unemployment benefits. The document provides, as a flagship measure, a reduction by a quarter of the duration of compensation by 25% on the assumption that the national unemployment rate does not exceed 9% or has not marked an increase of 0.8 points over a quarter. Compensation is paid for at least 6 months (182 days). The rules for the duration of compensation until January 31 will be implemented again in the event that unemployment returns to the 9% level or increases by 0.8% over a quarter.

A method used during Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term

Aware of the difficulty of mobilizing public opinion against unemployment insurance reform, the unions prefer to challenge the existing rules. The method of a joint appeal or coming from four of the five representative organizations had been used several times during Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term (2017-2022).

But the unions had not been able to prevent an increase from 1 December 2021 from 4 to 6 months in the duration of paid work, allowing the opening or reloading of rights to compensation (over a period of 24 months for people under 53 years, 36 months for persons aged 53 and over). On 1 October 2021, a change in the method of calculating the daily reference wage (SJR), which is used to determine the amount of the return-to-work allowance (ARE) paid to jobseekers’ compensation, entered into force.

* The General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the French Democratic Labor Confederation (CFDT), the French Confederation of Management-General Confederation of Executives (CFE-CGC), the French Confederation of Christian Workers (CFTC) and the Force Ouvrière (FO) ) .

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