Unions disappointed by the Macron method

International Desk | March 7,2018 | 6:10 am

The head of state had posted the "coconstruction" of social reforms in priority, with mixed results.

The word sounds like a mantra borrowed from the language of "technos". Immediately after the election of Emmanuel Macron, members of the government repeated it many times to try to reassure: everything will be done in "coconstruction". Social reforms? Developed with employers and unions. The decisions ? Taken closer to the realities of the field, thanks to rich exchanges. The head of state, just installed at the Elysee Palace, has sought to erase his reputation as a politician disrespectful of intermediate bodies by receiving, from 23 May 2017, the leaders of the eight employers' organizations and employees. The message sent was meant to be clear: nothing will be done without you. Nine months later, as the veil comes up on the transformations of apprenticeship, vocational training and unemployment insurance, there are many to be disillusioned.

"The Macron method, you discuss, I slice (...), and no one knows which side it will fall," plagued Laurent Berger, secretary general of the CFDT, in an interview at Les Echos. Ordinarily more measured, the number one cedetist central let burst his wrath against the bad manners of the executive on the record of continuing education.

In mid-November 2017, the government invited the social partners to discuss this issue with a view to establishing a national inter-trade agreement (ANI). The employers and the unions have accepted this proposal. They devoted nearly fifteen plenary meetings, the penultimate of which lasted until the end of the night. And then wham! The sentence fell, even before the closure of the final version of the agreement: "Insufficient", launched the Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud. It is necessary to go further, according to her, to make a "big bang" of the continuous formation, of which she presented the main axes, Monday, March 5th ....

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