Pension reform: the government postpones “at least until the end of the year” consultations with social partners

Pension reform: the government postpones “at least until the end of the year” consultations with social partners

If he did not officially confirm the date of resumption of the discussions, the Prime Minister indicated after the meeting that the consultation would resume “in the coming months to improve the content and the readability for our fellow citizens”.

Trade unionists François Hommeril, Laurent Berger, Philippe Martinez, Angeline Barth and Cyril Chabanier after attending a conference with the executive at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, July 17, 2020 (BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)

In front of the deputies, Jean Castex had qualified the thorny pension reform of “necessary”. However, he does not intend to go too fast. Consultations on the reform are postponed “At least until the end of the year”, announced Friday July 17 the president of the CPME François Asselin, at the end of a meeting between the social partners and the government in Matignon.

“We continue to believe that a universal system is fairer but the priority is not this today”, underlined the national secretary of the CFDT Laurent Berger. Prime Minister Jean Castex “Said it was postponed to discussions rather in 2021”, he confirmed.

In addition, Jean Castex “Reassured us on the fact that it would be necessary to make the distinction between what is in the field of the conjunctural and what is structural” knowing that after the coronavirus crisis “The equilibrium diagrams” financier “Are no longer the same”, said François Asselin.

Jean Castex promises a “new method”

If he did not officially confirm the date of resumption of the discussions, the Prime Minister indicated after the meeting that “The establishment of a new universal pension system will be maintained”. “We will simply apply a new method to it by resuming consultation in the coming months to improve its content and readability for our fellow citizens”, he added.

Jean Castex speaks after his meeting with the social partners

Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron had estimated that France could not do “The economy of a reform” pensions, while recognizing that the government’s plan could not be maintained as conceived before the health crisis. “I think this reform is fair because it is made for those who have been called the ‘first of duty’ but it cannot be done as it was fitted before the crisis”, had thus judged the head of state.