The most contentious subjects will not be tackled from the outset. On Wednesday 5 October, the Minister of Labour, Olivier Dussopt, kicked off the “consultation” on pension reform. For an hour and a half, he received the social partners to explain to them how the exchanges were going to take place. Relaunched recently by the executive, the idea of postponing the age of eligibility for a pension to 65 will feature in the last chapter of the discussions. This campaign promise by Emmanuel Macron constitutes the biggest blocking point, all the unions being hostile to such a measure, which they say they are ready to fight by “all necessary means of action”.
The calendar and the method presented on Wednesday are in line with the announcements made on September 29 by Elisabeth Borne. The head of government had declared that consultations would be initiated during the autumn on this project, her wish being to draw an assessment ” before Christmas “. “We favor the inclusion of this reform in a bill which should be voted on before the end of winter, for the entry into force of the reform in the summer of 2023”she added.
Threat of a social movement
On Wednesday, Mr. Dussopt clarified this roadmap, explaining that the talks would be divided into three “cycles”. The first, centered on “the employment of seniors and the prevention of occupational wear and tear”, will begin on October 10. On this issue, employers are eagerly awaited, employers often being accused of wanting to cut the top of the age pyramid by separating from their aging employees.
From November 7, a second sequence of reflection will begin, on the“equity and [la] social justice “which could fuel tensions, because it will be a question of “the future of special diets”. These schemes allow workers from certain companies (such as the RATP) to retire before age 62 – the common law rule for private sector employees. Should also be examined the fate of civil servants in “active categories”, who, too, can claim the payment of their pension earlier than the others (police, military, certain nursing staff in hospitals, etc.). The questioning of these derogatory systems is a potential source of confrontation, as shown, for example, by the strikes of railway workers in 2018 against the extinction of their status and the affiliation of SNCF recruits to the regime. general old-age insurance.
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