The government promised Thursday that the future pension reform that will be discussed until the end of the year with the social partners would not lead to a leveling of rights “from below.”
Eight months of consultation: the government unveiled Thursday the program of discussions with unions and employers on the pension reform promised by Emmanuel Macron, who wants it to be “voted in 2019”.
“This huge project should not be and will not be yet another pension reform,” said Solidarity and Health Minister Agnès Buzyn.
Practical work began Monday under the leadership of the High Commissioner for pension reform, Jean-Paul Delevoye, who received successively this week the CFDT, Unsa, FNSEA and FO, before the CFE-CGC, the U2P , Medef, CGT, CPME and CFTC next week.
These ten organizations will be consulted on “six major thematic blocks”, beginning with “the definition of the new regime in terms of scope, level of coverage, base and contribution rates,” said the executive in a statement .
After a first “exchange around a diagnosis”, each organization will be able to “address open questions during a second working session” in May.
This method will be repeated at the rate of one subject per month. From May to June, the discussion will focus on “taking into account non-contributory rights related to sickness, maternity, unemployment and minimum pensions”.
Then from June to July, it will be the turn of “the examination of family rights and the question of equality between women and men”.
In parallel, “a system of consultation and citizen participation will be launched mid-May” on the internet, via the site participate.reforme-retraite.gouv.fr.
– “blah-blah” and “telescoping” –
The consultation will continue in the autumn, with a discussion on “the conditions of openness of rights” supposed to “give more freedom in the transition to retirement”.
The social partners will then discuss the “specificities of certain career paths” and in particular the “conditions for early departures”.
Finally, the “governance, steering and organization issues” of the future pension system and the “transition modalities” will be debated.
“It is not a question of reforming to reform, or of reforming to reduce rights or leveling them down,” Buzyn said, wishing on the contrary “to make our system capable of generating new rights”.
“It’s a good approach, a good goal, it will go to the end and see what it gives in the end,” said the secretary general of the CFDT, Laurent Berger.
“That’s about 13.8 points of GDP spent on pensions today.We say: + do not have it down +,” warned the number one FO, Jean-Claude Mailly. His appointed successor, Pascal Pavageau, for his part qualified the ongoing discussions of “blah-blah”.
“It’s very nice but frankly for the rest I do not know what the government wants to do, neither the timing nor the content,” he added.
For now, Emmanuel Macron has only promised to “consolidate” the pay-as-you-go system, which “creates intergenerational solidarity and is at the heart of the country’s cohesion”.
But in full reform of the SNCF and the civil service, the leader of the Unsa, Luc Bérille, points a risk of “telescoping” and fears that negotiations on the status of railway workers and officials – which include a special regime of retirement – be “back-and-forth”.
For its part, the Medef wants to “encourage the insured to leave later than the legal age” and for that “to put in place a sufficiently strong haircut” on the pensions, explained Claude Tendil, vice-president of the organization employer.