Yellow jackets, the beginning of a "Grenelle du pouvoir vivre"?

Five ministers received representatives of the trade unions and employers' organizations on Friday 7 December to list the topics of a consultation whose timetable has yet to be fixed.

Give and receive. On Thursday, December 6, the main trade unions sent a message of pacification, denouncing all forms of violence. But they expected in return the launch of a real consultation with the government on the purchasing power of the French.

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On Friday 7 December, the Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud, surrounded by four other ministers and secretaries of state, received the main trade union organizations and employers, with the exception of the CGT which, despite having signed the Eva's joint declaration, did not wanted to attend the meeting.

Two meetings a week

Five consultation topics were identified: the purchasing power of employees, transport, accommodation, taxation and the accessibility of public services. The program and the method of the discussions will be on the menu of a meeting scheduled for Tuesday 11 December with the same participants to which the associations of elected officials will be added. These meetings could then be chained together at a rate of two a week.

CFDT Secretary-General Laurent Berger wanted him «This meeting is the first of a life of Grenelle du pouvoir», arguing "Want to discuss to find concrete solutions".

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On the payment of an exceptional tax-exempt and tax-free bonus for all employees, a first debate has already opposed unions and employers on its character "Obligatory" or & # 39; Volunteer & # 39;. "We are in favor of a voluntary bonus, which could be € 1,000 distributed during the year"said Jean-Eudes du Mesnil du Buisson for CPME.

A voluntary or mandatory award?

"The announcement by the government of the possibility of setting up a voluntary premium exempt from social security charges and taxes would be an urgent response to an emergency, which can be seized to businesses according to their abilities," he said. Medef in a statement.

"It will be welcome, this award, but it can not be the answer to the demand for wages", warned his side Yves Veyrier (FO).

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Even the president of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, said he was "Ready to consult with local authorities to help the five million employees who are not covered by a transport bonus".

The next reform on the government's agenda – that of unemployment insurance – could pay for the crisis. After meeting at the Ministry of Labor, CFTC president Philippe Louis said that the negotiation session scheduled for December 11th would probably be canceled and the end of the negotiations scheduled for January 25th was postponed to some weeks.

Emmanuelle Réju

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