Union unanimity to challenge the basis of the new unemployment insurance reform wanted by the government, the link between compensation and motivation to find a job | ESS, Employment, Training, Integration and many other things. | Michel Abherve


The government is asking for full powers to reform, alone, unemployment insurance by trying to pass in force, through the Bill on emergency measures relating to the functioning of the labor market with a view to full employment

Claiming the lack of hindsight in the explanatory memorandum “In the absence of the classic framework for fixing the compensation scheme (framework letter and negotiation of the social partners) which comes up against a lack of recoil as to the actual effects of the current rules” he wants to take, alone, measures unfavorable to job seekers without being in any way embarrassed by this lack of hindsight

The unions are organizing to assert their opposition to the new government reform through a common position, with which the student and high school student organizations are associated in an inter-union press release.

“Targeting unemployment rights is totally ineffective. Stigmatizing job seekers once again by reducing their rights to compensation is deeply unfair. This risks accentuating the precariousness of young people in particular, while only the unemployment rate for the latter increased by 1.3 points this quarter.

If, according to several studies, employers are struggling to recruit today, it is primarily because they cannot find the qualifications and skills they are looking for. Our trade unions and youth organizations point out that it is also the working or employment conditions offered that pose a problem: salaries that are too low, atypical or unpredictable working hours, poor working conditions, very short contracts, difficulties linked to modes of transport, etc. Finally, we recall that more than half of job seekers are not compensated.

This is what is at stake in the debate that must be engaged in on employment and work, of which a reform of unemployment insurance is only one element, whereas for several months the difficulties of recruitment have been highlighted in many industries”

Lawrence Berger, general secretary of the CFDT in Syndicalisme Hebdo

On unemployment insurance, the government’s position illustrates that the dogmatism and ideology are contrary to efficiency. To imagine that the reduction of the allowances of the recipients would solve the problems of employment is crazy. More than half of unemployed people are not compensated. Even the services of the Ministry of Labor recognize that the The problem of unemployment is primarily based on a lack of training for job seekers, but also on the lack of attractiveness of shortage occupations. The amount of the allowance does not enter into the equation. That the government persists in this way because the measure proves to be popular is the essence of any populist policy. We strongly disagree.”

The CGT confederal manager Denis Gravouilasserts “this idea is a scandal because it is based on thee lie according to which unemployment benefits constitute a brake on the return to employment. All serious studies have shown the opposite: when you find yourself unemployed, it is precisely because you are compensated correctly that you have time to get back on your feet and find a job that suits you.

For Michel Beaugasconfederal secretary in charge of employment and FO negotiator, “There is no evidence that this modulation would make it possible to reduce the number of unfilled jobs, studies on the subject being contradictory. Today, only some 40% of job seekers are compensated, he recalls. The period shows us that it is not by reducing the compensation that we solve the problem of labor shortage, quite the contrary. This is proof that this desire for reform is purely dogmatic on the part of the government as well as the employers who are in favor of it.

Francois Hommerilpresident of the CFE-CGC declares on France Info

“The government once again poses a much disputed principle of saying that people are more or less motivated to return to work depending on the level of compensation they have. This principle is false. It has been demonstrated by all a bunch of studies iThere is no link between the compensation you receive and the motivation to find a job.

Cyril Chabanierpresident of the CFTC, declares on BFM that the government is mistaken because “To resolve recruitment issues, we need to work on the salary policy, on working conditions, on the match between skills needs and the supply of skills, on training, etc. It is thanks to these subjects that we will find a solution and not by hitting the unemployed once again.”

In a statement, Laurent Escuresecretary general of the UNSA affirms

“Job seekers are not responsible for unemployment and recruitment difficulties! As Dares recently expressed, these have as their main causes the problems of attractiveness of professions and the inadequacy of skills.”

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