The state gives the green light to a salary increase for home helpers

Brigitte Bourguigon, Minister Delegate in charge of autonomy, is preparing to give the green light to an increase “Historical”, she said, salaries for home helpers in the nonprofit sector “To 1er October ”. This salary catch-up is recognition by the government of the efforts of these personnel during the health crisis and the fruit of long negotiations.

The starting point for this scheduled increase is the overhaul of the salary scale for the branch of the non-profit sector, initiated before the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic by the employers’ federations and unions. The collective agreement, which dates from 2010, was obsolete. Today, only 43% of the workforce of home helpers have access to conventional remuneration above the minimum wage after seventeen years of seniority. The work of the social partners led to the signing of an “addendum 43” to this collective agreement.

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This amendment provides for a salary increase of 13% to 15% for the 209,000 staff working in home nursing services (SSIAD) and in home assistance and support services (SAAD). Thus the increase, for a home help without diploma and without seniority with a salary of 1,539 euros gross, would be 33.50 euros. It would go up to 300 euros gross for home help without seniority but graduated.

For this amendment to be binding on employers, it must still be validated by the approval commission of the Ministry of Health. Mme Bourguignon is committed to having it done “By the end of May”. However, the SAADs are 60% financed by the departments. In theory, the salary increase should therefore have rested mainly on the shoulders of the departmental executives. But the financial obstacle would have been insurmountable for these communities without state aid.

Application of the staggered rider

This fall, the government therefore passed an amendment to the Social Security finance bill for 2021, which provides for an allocation of 200 million euros per year to revalue the salaries of these professionals. “Never since the creation of the personalized autonomy allowance more than twenty years ago (…) a government had not gone so far in upgrading these services ”, assures Mme Bourguignon.

“Dominique Bussereau told Brigitte Bourguignon that he could not, two months before the departmental elections, validate an agreement which commits the future departmental executives”, explains Pierre Monzani, director general of the ADF

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