The "projects" of this reform had been solemnly launched by Edouard Philippe and his Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gerald Darmanin, ready to "Transforming the public service" with big words: "New social contract for agents", "voluntary redundancy plan".

A year later, the government plays the caution for the draft bill of "modernization" of the civil service presentation by the only Secretary of State, Olivier Dussopt, this Wednesday in common council of the civil service (CCFP) and Thursday morning at a press conference. Philippe, he will be that day in Essonne to launch the "consultation" on the future penal reform of minors and Darmanin will be on the other side of the globe, for a trip to Australia and New Caledonia.

However, the government wants to go quickly: this bill, we assure Bercy, must be presented in late March in the Council of Ministers for final adoption "before summer". Unless surprise, the text defended by Dussopt will contain the main "projects" launched last year and led by Dussopt: extension of the use of contractors, "Accompaniment" reconversion and facilitation of "Mobilities" redesign of representative bodies of staff … Only the subject "merit pay" was left a little on the way: "It was referred to the pension reform, they say to Bercy. There's no point in breaking your head on this when everything is going to be turned upside down. "

Rhetorical caution

Faced with unions of officials, grouped for a year against this reform project, which they claim the postponement, the government seems to have tried to retract the largest red rags. On the use of contractors, "There will be no numerical objective, neither floor nor ceiling," indicates a source close to the folder. Rather than a list of trades open or closed to contractors, the text should list the "criteria" for opening a job, "For example, when the skill sought is not offered by public service schools".

Even rhetorical caution regarding the public service workforce. No more question of "voluntary departure plan", no mention of a numerical reduction target of the number of posts. The text will facilitate both the departure of civil servants to the private sector, but also their eventual reinstatement. In case of service restructuring, an agent will be able to convert into a company while continuing, for a few years, gaining seniority public.

The elimination of 120,000 positions not addressed

However, two major topics concerning civil servants are absent from this future bill: on the one hand, the question of purchasing power, which has been seriously undermined since the beginning of the five-year period with the freezing of the index point and the simple "compensation" of increase of CSG – unlike private employees who have benefited from the abolition of social security contributions – and on the other hand the abolition of 120 000 civil service posts (50 000 for the state and 70 000 for the local authorities) will not be no more discussed in this text. What offer good arguments to the opposition right that sees in this discretion evidence that the executive remains too timid in its intentions to reduce public spending.

"The 120,000 job cuts, it's a goal not a totem, it may be more, maybe less," does one assume at Bercy, where it is recalled that "Community side", Expenditure control contracts signed with the State should already allow "Mechanically remove 12,000 or 15,000 jobs" per year. As for state officials, the Ministry of Public Accounts tables, thanks to the introduction of the withholding tax, on the deletion at term "7,000 or 8,000 jobs in the collection of personal taxes", said a source to Bercy.


If, with Dussopt, the government chose the mild method for this reform of the public service, all the representative unions should, unsurprisingly, quickly go down the street. Last week, seven out of eight organizations wrote to the Prime Minister demanding the suspension of the bill at the time of the great national debate. "The public service is one of the major themes and we are being offered a law that will create more precariousness! Must wait ! We are not a month away, " argues Luc Farré, National Secretary of Unsa. "It is amazing to preempt the subject civil service with a bill already tied and which the government refuses to change a line", abounds Jean-Marc Canon at the CGT.

In Bercy, we judge "Fallacious" the reasons for this request and it is recalled that Olivier Dussopt "Personally ensured 132 hours of consultation" with agent representatives. "There will be demonstrations but they will not be massive, they say at Dussopt. The four major movements of the last few months have been mainly focused on purchasing power and have seen a steady decline in participation. In all the minister's travels, we met with agents without filters. What we heard is light years away from what the unions say. " Which already have the head in the next hostilities: an inter-union is already on their agenda next Tuesday.

Lilian Alemagna


Dominique Albertini



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