Calendar, “Italian clause” and gradual transition… What does the pension reform plan for railway workers and RATP employees?

Calendar, “Italian clause” and gradual transition… What does the pension reform plan for railway workers and RATP employees?

The pension reform includes specific provisions for railway workers and RATP employees.

SNCF agents on the platform of the Gare de Lyon, April 19, 2018 in Paris (photo illustration).  (CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

The bill on pension reform must be presented on Friday January 24 in the Council of Ministers, in a social climate still tense, since the inter-union calls for a new inter-professional mobilization on the same day. However, since Unsa-RATP decided to end the unlimited strike in order to “Reorient” towards “Another form of action” against the government’s plan, traffic is approaching its normal state in the Paris metro. Same observation at the SNCF, the traffic is “normal or almost normal” despite some disturbances.

The government no doubt hopes that the movement does not resume. Especially since the reform provides specific provisions for railway workers and RATP agents, failing to maintain their special regime.

The timetable for implementing the reform will not be the same

There will be no 1975 generation as for the other employees. Only so-called “sedentary” SNCF or RATP agents (for example: counter agents, born after 1980) and only “rolling” (drivers, born after 1985) will be concerned. Which already excludes a majority of them. At RATP, for example, barely 19 RER drivers out of a workforce of 850 will be affiliated to the new universal points system.

Please note, these are the only agents with status. Contractuals, i.e. around 10%of SNCF staff, do not have a special regime and are subject to exactly the same rules as private sector employees.

An “Italian clause” for railway workers born after 1980 or 1985

It may sound horribly complex, but the principle is actually quite simple. For the youngest railway workers, brought to switch to the future universal scheme, all the retirement rights that they will have acquired by then under the special scheme will be boosted in a way. The calculation will be made on the basis of their theoretical salary at the end of their career (if there had not been the reform), and not on their real salary at the time of the changeover in 2025. Concretely, this will necessarily increase the amount of their future pensions.

Another bonus is the integration of various on-call bonuses or night hours in the calculation of pensions. This represents around 4000 euros more per year for a driver and 5500 euros for a controller.

Gradual transition for retirement age

It will no longer be possible to retire from the age of 52 in theory for drivers or from the age of 57 for sedentary officers. But the transition will be very gradual. A young SNCF driver hired in 2016 will still be able to retire from the age of 56. For his colleague hired in 2018, it will be from 58 years old.

Not to mention other measures, such as the extension of the hardship account or the doubling of the time savings account, which should still make it possible to retire about two years before the legal age.