Unemployment insurance: The assembly voted for a graduation of the duration of the compensation

Will it solve the recruitment crisis in France? On Tuesday evening, the National Assembly adopted the main goal of the reform project for the unemployment insurance fund. It opens the way for a possible graduation of the duration of the compensation according to the situation on the labor market under protests from the left and the RN.

At the first reading, the deputies adopted the first article of this bill by 203 votes to 165. On Wednesday, they will continue the consideration of this text, which is expected in the Senate on October 25.

This article allows for the extension of the current unemployment insurance rules, as a result of a controversial reform of the first Macron five-year term.

Overseas territories exempt

It also opens up the possibility of modulating unemployment insurance by decree so that it is “stricter when too many jobs are unfilled, more generous when unemployment is high”, in the words of Emmanuel Macron during the presidential campaign.

After a consultation phase of six to eight weeks with the social partners, the government will decide by decree what form this graduation will take, with a view to coming into force at the beginning of 2023. Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt also confirmed in the six months a “very differentiated application for the overseas territories”, which are harder hit by unemployment.

A “full employment” rather than “stay at home” society

Deputies adopted an amendment by Olivier Serva (Liot) in this direction after a brief description of the order of consideration of the amendments at the meeting. The management insists that the reform is urgent due to recruitment difficulties in sectors such as hotels, restaurants or construction. This makes it one of the conditions for reaching the goal of full employment in 2027, that is, an unemployment rate of around 5% against 7.4% currently.

Renaissance MP Karl Olive defended a “society of full employment and work”, rather than “society to stay at home qwhen we can go to work.

Protests from the left and RN

The Liberals and RN knocked a “blank cheque” back to the government for this reform. This text “declares war against the unemployed”, thundered the leader of LFI deputies Mathilde Panot. “The assisted are not the ones you persecute, but the ones sitting on top that you bow to”, she launched to the majority.

RN Caroline Colombier challenged the government’s “authoritarian method”.

The tone rose when the communist Sébastien Jumel blamed the Macronists for choosing as rapporteur for this text on unemployment insurance “the deputy of the French in Switzerland” Marc Ferracci (elected from the 6th constituency of the French abroad) , “Can you imagine that interruption! “Philippe Vigier (MoDem) and Astrid Panosyan-Bouvet (Renaissance) condemned “personal attacks”, while all deputies have “the same legitimacy”.

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