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the unions ask for a reprieve

Olivier Dussopt was to unveil his text Wednesday; the executive remains firm on the schedule.

By Benoît Floc'h and Alexandre Lemarié Posted yesterday at 11:30

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Olivier Dussopt, Secretary of State to the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, December 12.
Olivier Dussopt, Secretary of State to the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, December 12. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP

The government is expected to present to the social partners, Wednesday, February 13 in the afternoon, the draft law on reform of the civil service. A curtain rising and the beginning of a showdown. Tuesday, Eight out of nine unions announced that they had asked the Prime Minister " suspension " of this text.

While the big debate is far from over, organizations see the timing as particularly bad for launching this reform. "There is a form of contradiction to say : "We are launching a big debate where we will talk about the reorganization of the State and public services" and to introduce a draft law on the civil service before the end of this debate ", notes Jean-Marc Canon, Secretary General of the CGT public service, the first union of the sector. On the background, "Unlike the job cuts and increased use of the contract as envisaged by the government"union representatives advocate for job creation and "A salary increase".

This is not the way the government has chosen. The bill that Olivier Dussopt, Secretary of State to Gerald Darmanin, Minister of Action and Public Accounts, must present Wednesday takes the four areas of reform announced in February 2018 and have been the subject of long month of discussion. "The unions demand a postponement of the reform, we find in the entourage of Mr. Dussopt. They say they were not consulted when there were 132 hours of consultation. So it's not a valid argument. Otherwise, they say that the consultation is sterile. " Gold, "On improving the conditions of contract workers, the reform takes up the demands of the unions".

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Farm on the calendar

The four projects discussed over the last year are a re-examination of social dialogue bodies, increased use of contract workers, voluntary redundancy plans and merit pay. On the latter theme, however, the bill may be less than advertised. The government seems to have been sensitive to the unions' arguments that this issue should not be addressed before the pension reform. With regard to voluntary redundancy plans, the executive, while regularly confirming its goal of eliminating 120,000 positions over the five-year period, prefers to focus on supporting public servants wishing to change jobs or even leaving the civil service. . The text provides for other measures, such as the creation of a contract of mission, the end of derogatory regimes on working time or a reinforcement of control when an official returns to the public sector after a private experience.


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