All the unions of state employees will sign, Wednesday, January 26, the draft agreement on complementary health negotiated with the government. The signing of FO, CFDT, CGT, UNSA, FSU, CFE-CGC and Solidaires makes this agreement an important step in the implementation of additional social protection for the 5 .7 million civil servants, a measure announced in 2020.
However, at this stage, it only concerns those who depend on the State, ie 2.5 million agents out of the total. Hospitals and local authorities have a little more time to prepare, since the new system will not fully come into force in these “slopes” until 2026.
For civil servants, it is from 2024 that their employer will pay at least half of their contribution to complementary health insurance, which will now be compulsory. And this, for a basket of care specified in the agreement signed on Wednesday 26 January. For the State, this will represent an expense of 900 million euros per year. Already, since 1er January, they can benefit from a fixed contribution of 15 euros, or a quarter of the contribution.
“Major social progress”
It is a success for the unions. Since they have been asking for a long time and, first and foremost the CFDT, that civil servants can, like private sector employees, benefit from partial financing of their complementary. Especially since the negotiated agreement is “significantly higher than the minimum benefits provided for by the Social Security Code”, welcomed the General Federation of Civil Servants-Force Ouvrière (FGF-FO), the first organization among State agents. “With a basket of quality care, essential intergenerational solidarity, all civil servants, active and retired, civil servants and contract employees will be able to benefit from complementary health coverage”, said the FGF-FO.
For the government, obtaining the majority agreement of the civil service unions is also a good point, less than three months before the presidential election. A way to counterbalance the impression left by the persistent disagreement between government and staff representatives on remuneration. While these require a general revaluation (by unfreezing the index point), the executive refuses to grant it to them. On January 27, private and public employees are also invited to participate in a day of interprofessional mobilization “on wages and employment”.
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