Pension reform: the government is considering an opening for public service contract workers

Posted 2 Dec. 2022 at 01:07 PMUpdated 2 Dec. 2022 at 01:22 PM

Sixty-five years or sixty-four years if there is a parallel extension of the contribution period… This Friday morning, on France Info, the Minister of Transformation and the Public Service, Stanislas Guerini, did not decided between the two options, following in the footsteps of the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne.

The former delegate general of La République en Marche, on the other hand, confirmed without surprise that public officials will also all be affected by the measures which will be announced in mid-December. “If there is a decline in the age of opening of pension rights in the private sector, it will be the same thing in an absolutely symmetrical way in the public”, he insisted.

Anxious to preserve the social climate, Stanislas Guerini has already given assurances from the start of the specific consultations he has undertaken with the unions on the most sensitive subjects, at the end of October: the maintenance of the calculation of the pension over the last six months and the maintenance of active categories, which can retire earlier, in the name of hardship. He confirmed these decisions on Friday. Above all, he made an opening on this last subject, in response to a concern expressed in particular by the CFDT.

No application of the private hardship account

Until now, even if they perform the same job, contract agents cannot benefit from an early departure within the framework of active services. Stanislas Guerini pointed out that “questions […] difference between contract employees and those who are civil servants [font] part of the subject under discussion”.

On the contrary, it did not open the door to an extension to civil servants who do not fall into the active categories of the system applicable to the private sector. “The way to take into account the arduousness (in the public, editor’s note), these are the active categories”, affirmed the minister.

Special diets: “a measure of justice”

Finally, with regard to the special regimes, while he insisted on the need to make the systems converge, Stanislas Guerini repeated that the reform will provide for “putting new entrants into extinction” in these regimes, a measure of “justice” which must be done “reasonably”, but he refused to give the list of schemes that will be affected, which will be the result of “social dialogue”. Elisabeth Borne has already indicated that the electricity and gas industries (including EDF), the RATP, the Banque de France and notary clerks would be concerned. The termination of the SNCF scheme is already underway.

Did he want to open up avenues for possible counterparties? In any case, when asked about the risk of a social explosion, while this Friday the SNCF was on strike and a movement is underway at GRDF, he mentioned “wage demands [sur lesquelles] social dialogue must be able to take place, but that must not make us back down on absolutely necessary reforms on which we have a mandate from the President of the Republic”.

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