Aid of 900 euros allocated to 400,000 precarious workers extended until the end of May

The exceptional aid created in November to guarantee a monthly income of 900 euros net to precarious workers is extended by three months, until the end of May, announced the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, on Monday February 15.

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This aid, which has already benefited 400,000 people, allows all those who worked at least 138 days on fixed-term or temporary contracts (i.e. more than 60% of annual working time) in 2019, but who were unable to work sufficiently in 2020 to recharge their rights to unemployment insurance, due to the crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, to benefit from a minimum income guarantee of 900 euros per month.

Automatically paid by Pôle Emploi

This aid initially planned for the months of November, December, January and February is extended for the months of March, April and May. “More than 400,000 people have already benefited from it for the months of November and December, including 165,000 young people under the age of 30”, indicates the ministry.

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It is paid automatically by Pôle Emploi to job seekers who meet the criteria set by a decree of December 30.

The first aid payments were made on February 5, for the months of November and December. The bonus for January will be paid between 21 and 24 February, that for February at the end of March. The last payment, for the month of May, will take place in June.

“Protect” precarious workers

This aid was announced at the end of November by Jean Castex and should notably benefit seasonal workers or event workers.

Pôle Emploi also sent a letter to more than 100,000 potential beneficiaries who still have to provide additional documents in order to receive this aid.

“Given the uncertainties linked to the evolution of the health situation and the current difficulties of the labor market, I wanted this aid to be extended until the summer to protect precarious workers. Those and those, who worked a lot in 2019 but had short contracts, were severely penalized by the crisis “, explained Elisabeth Borne.

“With this extension, they will therefore be able to benefit from a minimum monthly income guaranteed by the State of 900 euros for seven months”, underlines the minister who speaks of an aid “Amounting to more than one billion euros”.

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