Pension reform: the Assembly votes a “solidarity device” for small law firms

Pension reform: the Assembly votes a “solidarity device” for small law firms

The majority is trying to contain the anger of lawyers, mobilized for two months against this reform which will double pension contributions for black dresses earning less than 40,000 euros per year.

A demonstration of lawyers against the pension reform, February 20, 2020, in Paris.  (RICCARDO MILANI / AFP)

An attempt to calm the anger of the black dresses on the tenth day of the virulent debates on pension reform. The National Assembly voted on Wednesday February 26, a “Solidarity device” for small law firms as part of the transition to the system “universal”.

Immediately after adopting article 2 of the reform bill by 97 votes to 38, the deputies adopted a government amendment. This plans to “Entrust the Caisse nationale des barreaux français (CNBF) with the management of a solidarity mechanism, making it possible to take charge of all or part” of the increase in contributions “For lawyers with low or median incomes”, explained the Secretary of State for Pensions, Laurent Pietraszewski.

A measure “not up to par”

With an autonomous system, lawyers have been mobilized for two months against this reform which will double pension contributions for black dresses earning less than 40,000 euros per year. “This solidarity will be financed in particular by the rights of pleading ”, he added, saying the will of the government to “to reassure” the lawyers.

Opposition from the right to the left have judged that this measure “Not up to the task”. “Nothing is clear in this sealing operation”, notably judged the elected Republicans Eric Woerth. The LFI deputies, who received a delegation of demonstrators during the day, notably underlined the “Unprecedented anger” lawyers facing a reform whose aim is to “Pick their pockets”. “We cannot require a profession to pay more in order to receive less when it already feels in a very vulnerable situation”, for his part, pleaded the Socialist deputy Hervé Saulignac.