The new Prime Minister confirms it: civil servants will benefit from a general increase in 2022. In the interview she gave to the Sunday newspaperpublished on May 22, Elisabeth Borne indicates that “the raising of the index point of the civil service” will be part of the amending finance bill devoted to purchasing power that the National Assembly resulting from the elections of June 12 and 19 will examine as a priority. While the high cost of living is a strong theme of this election year, the level of remuneration of civil servants is also a way for the executive to tread on the toes of its opponents on the left.
The New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), the coalition created at the initiative of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s La France insoumise for the legislative elections, also promises to “raise the salary of civil servants and unfreeze the index point”. That said, it was in March that the minister then in charge of the public service, Amélie de Montchalin, had, defending herself from any ulterior motive “electoralist”promised a general measure for public officials ” before summer “. A gesture justified, she explained, by inflation “strong and durable”.
Once the President of the Republic was re-elected in April, the government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, confirmed on May 11 that the thaw of the index point would indeed be part of the “purchasing power” bill. It’s a turnaround. This tool, which serves as the basis for calculating the salaries of civil servants, has not been revalued since 2010. With one exception: in 2016, President François Hollande decided on a boost of 1.2%. Throughout Emmanuel Macron’s first term, the constant doctrine was “an assumed break with the general increases in the index point practiced during previous five-year terms, measures that are quite unfair and very costly”. The general increase of 1% would amount to spending 2 billion euros.
Terms to be specified
In fact, once the promise has been made and reiterated, everything remains to be written. First on the level of the rise. Sunday, May 22, the entourage of the new Minister of Transformation and Public Service, Stanislas Guerini, did not wish to give details on the terms of the measure, which was to be on the menu of the first Council of Ministers of the Borne government, Monday . During the presidential campaign, candidate Anne Hidalgo (Socialist Party) announced a 3% general increase, when Fabien Roussel (Communist Party) promised 30%.
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