Unemployment insurance: for an improvement of rights

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Published on 23 – 02 – 2021

Joint press release

The CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT and FO, “remain in deep disagreement with the founding principle of this reform according to which the reduction in unemployment benefits would encourage a more rapid return to employment”. In a joint press release of Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the five organizations managing unemployment insurance consider that the reform envisaged by the executive “is first and foremost an opportunity to make significant budgetary savings at the sole expense of applicants for employment “and call for a” overhaul “of unemployment insurance rules.

The CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT and FO, “remain in deep disagreement with the founding principle of this reform according to which the reduction in unemployment benefits would encourage a more rapid return to employment”. In a joint press release of Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the five organizations managing unemployment insurance consider that the reform envisaged by the executive “is first and foremost an opportunity to make significant budgetary savings at the sole expense of applicants for employment “and call for a” overhaul “of unemployment insurance rules.

“Faced with government reform and in the context of the current crisis, our organizations reaffirm that a review is necessary: ​​unemployment insurance must be adapted to the situation of job seekers in order to improve their rights”, explain ‘unisson, the CFDT, the CFE-CGC, the CFTC, the CGT and FO. While the tripartite consultation on unemployment insurance rules is supposed to be concluded in the coming days, the five organizations managing unemployment insurance agree, Tuesday February 23, 2021, to jointly display their opposition to the government’s plans. If they pleaded mid-October last for an abandonment “in favor of a return to the provisions of the agreement which had been negotiated in 2017”, the union representatives plead this time for a “overhaul”.

“The government is preparing to implement a reform of unemployment insurance, the consequences of which will weigh heavily on the daily lives of women and men who lose their jobs. Our organizations remain in deep disagreement with the founding principle of this reform according to which the reduction in unemployment benefits would encourage a more rapid return to employment. This reform is first of all an opportunity to make significant budgetary savings at the sole expense of job seekers “, estimates the five trade union confederations.

“Job seekers must benefit from unemployment insurance guaranteeing both a replacement income appropriate to the situation experienced by these unemployed workers, especially the most precarious, and support tailored to each individual’s needs. . “

ENLARGEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY AND ABANDONMENT OF DEGRESSIVITY

The five trade unions reject the ministerial proposal to provide for different eligibility conditions for unemployment insurance depending on the difficulty of access to employment resulting from changes in the economic situation. It is in fact planned to go back from 4 to 6 months over the last 24 months, with a possible maintenance at 4 months for young people under 26, or even for permittents. “The thresholds for access to compensation must include a maximum of workers and especially young people […]. The lowering of the thresholds for opening rights should benefit everyone “, underline the five organizations which also ask for the retention of rechargeable rights.

“The degression of allowances for the highest salaries is ineffective and must be abandoned”, consider the CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT and FO. “This measure has already been in force and was abolished in 2001. Besides its ineffectiveness, this measure is dangerous. Indeed, it encourages people to accept less qualified jobs, in contrast to the objective of general increase in qualifications. also unfair because it punishes the people who have the most difficulty finding a job, “continue the confederations.

REJECTION OF THE SJR REFORM PROJECT

“The determination of the compensation rules must obey simple and readable principles”, they underline. “Our organizations are committed to ensuring that the determination of the SJR [salaire journalier de référence] continues to provide compensation as close as possible to the lost salary, identical for people who have lost the same salary with equivalent working time “, specify the five organizations which defend the preservation of the” principle one day paid / one day paid “. In practice, this principle established in the agreement of the end of 2008 is called into question by the lines of reform of the SJR put forward by the ministry.

“A modulation of employer contributions is necessary to discourage employers abusing precarious contracts. Limiting the use of very short contracts is imperative, while professional trajectories are increasingly heterogeneous, generating precarious situations for those in employment. CDD or forced part-time situation, in large majority for women in the latter case, ”add the five organizations.

LACK OF IMPACT STUDY

As in 2019, “the government is preparing to implement a reform without a precise impact study on the real situation of job seekers who will be affected”. And as two years ago, “the first work of Unédic confirms that the consequences will be heavy for job seekers, largely concentrated on the most precarious”, point out the organizations which “demand transparency on the impacts of reform on people, in addition to budgetary consequences “.

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