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Unemployment insurance reforms: wary and worried unions

Emmanuel Macron has received the social partners to launch the reform of training and unemployment insurance, a perilous site that the power wants to carry out by the summer of 2018.

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Unemployment insurance reforms: wary and worried unions
Emmanuel Macron launched, on Thursday 12 October, second phase of social reforms of quinquennium, that of training and unemployment insurance, by receiving leaders of unions and employers in a climate weighed down by first choices of Government. "Objective: To invent new protections," tweeted President of Republic by mid-day.

During this marathon day, Elysée was succeeded by seven union and employers ' leaders, including Jean-Claude mailly (FO), Philippe Martinez (CGT) and Pierre Gattaz (Medef), meanwhile Laurent Berger (CFDT) on Friday morning. They were each received about an hour in a "attentive and constructive" atmosphere according to Elysée. But for time being, nothing has filtered content of reforms, and unions have mainly commented on method, laying down certain conditions.

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Jean-Claude Mailly (FO) wants to negotiate trade unions-employers

"On vocational training, I asked him for a negotiation," said Mr. Mailly to press, coming out of his meeting at Elysée with President, as part of dialogue on future social reforms. According to him, this negotiation will take place.

The number one of working Force also pointed out that it "would be very vigilant that tomorrow" employee would not be alone to "go and walk training bodies without accompaniment". The trade unionist also "insisted that we should not go on a logic of individualisation" of rights. It must be "that re be personal rights but collectively defined," he developed, while stating that president had been sensitive to both claims.

On unemployment, he strongly opposed tripartite management that Emmanuel Macron proposed during his campaign.

Philippe Martinez (CGT) calls for "multilateral"

Wary after labour Law Reform ordinances, CGT leader demanded that negotiations should cover a text and not be mere discussions.

"I reminded President of Republic that to see it is good, to discuss it always serves, but that we do not have alibi heads," he said. If it is a negotiation, it means that we have a text, that we are discussing a text (...) that our text will be paid to negotiation. »

"We need a text, we need multilateral meetings," he repeated. On merits, Mr Martinez expressed his opinion on reform of unemployment insurance by warning that it was "not a question of reducing rights of private jobs".

François hassan119 (CFE-CGC) fears windfall effects with reform of unemployment insurance

"The compensation of resigners will create windfall effects," he said on Thursday leaving Elysée. "It will suffice that one morning or one afternoon something goes wrong in his work for [that employee] resigns same evening (...)"), he will know that he does not take risk of being uncompensated for unemployment, he added, expressing himself particularly concerned about "Insurance extra cost".

As Jean-Claude mailly, Mr Hassan119 also recalled a "red line" in his view in terms of unemployment compensation: "A State of system (...)" Which would call into question contributory, insurance and supportive nature of present scheme.

Gattaz "reserved" on financing and governance of Unédic

According to method tested this summer with ordinances, President opens dialogue, n passes baton to prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, and to Minister of Labour, Muriel Pan, who will receive social partners in Matignon from 17 to 19 October. The Minister of Education, Jean-Michel bien, will be present for learning component.

If majority of trade unions criticize this process, seeing it as "communication", Pierre Gattaz, Medef's boss, believes that this allows "to discuss, to have ideas" and to "put things on table".

Or topics of friction: funding and governance of Unédic, UI manager. The government expects that, as of 2018, scheme is no longer financed only by contributions, but also by tax (CSG), and that it moves from joint management by social partners to tripartite management with state. While Messrs. Mailly and Martinez have vilified this project, defending role of trade unions and employers, President of Medef has said "a little bit reserved" on this topic.


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