The secretary general of the CFDT asks the government to take time and focus first on the issue of employment.
Received Thursday, July 9 in Matignon by the new Prime Minister Jean Castex, Laurent Berger, the secretary general of the CFDT, postponed an immediate discussion on the pension reform. “I find it very dangerous”, he explained Friday July 10 on franceinfo. “Imagine there is conflict with a blockage. Imagine the RATP in the same situation we experienced at the end of last year. Imagine the impact on the revival of the economy in Ile-de-France. It is not a threat but everyone knows that the word ‘retirement’ in the country is hysterical“, continues the union official who considers that the current priority is employment.
Laurent Berger says he is “very clear on the subject” of pensions
“The CFDT continues to believe that a universal pension system is fairer”, Judge Laurent Berger. But he asks the government to procrastinate: “What is the meaning today of making this reform today when we are facing an economic and social challenge in terms of employment which is major, almost unprecedented? We are not going to go and deal with that question. ”
According to the head of the CFDT, we must first take stock of the post-health crisis before embarking on a return to pension reform. “We do not know the extent of the deficit linked to this crisis. Agir Arrco estimates it at 10 billion, but we do not know more. So let’s take the time ”, affirms Laurent Berger who calls for “Make a point” in autumn.
Unemployment insurance reform in the sights
Another important subject, the second part of the reform of unemployment insurance which must come into force from September 1. Jean Castex wants to shift it. “From the start, we asked for his abandonment, Laurent Berger advances. We felt in the Prime Minister an opening to say that we can postpone it while waiting to see what the consequences of this health crisis will be on the explosion of unemployment figures ”, he explained.
According to the head of the CFDT, this reform was already “Initially deeply unfair, it sanctioned job seekers far too much and now it is totally unsuitable. So we have to push it back into the application ”. Laurent Berger wants us to come back to “4 months of work to be affiliated with unemployment insurance, otherwise we will exclude hundreds of thousands of workers.”