August 3, 2021

the president of Medef wants a reform after the presidential election

For the boss of the Mouvement des entreprises de France (Medef), the time is not for pension reform. Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux estimated, Wednesday, June 9, that the pension reform should be a subject of debate in the presidential election.

“To carry out this reform, you need political capital. Time has passed since 2017. For me, it is a presidential debate, all the candidates must take a position ”, said the boss of the employers’ union in the daily The echoes, while Emmanuel Macron put back on the table the possibility of relaunching this explosive site.

“It’s the only social reform that affects everyone. It therefore needs democratic legitimacy ”, again pleaded Mr. Roux de Bézieux, who said he did not want “Of“ reform-patch ”in three months, otherwise we will have to come back to it after the presidential election. And the French will not understand anything ”.

According to him, the reform of unemployment insurance “Is more urgent than that of pensions”, car “Among the difficulties of the recovery, there is recruitment”.

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Warning from unions

The head of state has fueled speculation by reaffirming that he should make decisions “Difficult” so that the last year of the quinquennium is “Useful”. During a trip to the Lot, on June 2 and 3, Mr. Macron suddenly put the issue of pensions at the heart of the debate. He had pointed out that “Nothing is excluded”, but that the reform “Very ambitious” – even if “Carrier of concern” – which was on the rails before being cut short by the Covid-19 crisis, will not be able to be “Recovery as is”.

In the process, the unions warned the government against adopting a pension reform before 2022. “It’s just madness”, said the secretary general of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), Laurent Berger. ” This is not the moment. (…) We continue to say what we have been saying for months: there is no room for a peaceful debate around the question of pensions before the presidential election. Whatever option is chosen, it would appear totally flammable ”, said Mr Berger on Monday. For his part, his counterpart from the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), Philippe Martinez, said that it would be” a mistake “.

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Calls for an increase in the starting age to 64

If the president of Medef wishes to postpone the debate after the presidential election of 2022, the question will then have to be quickly put on the table. “We will have to act from September 2022, without waiting”, he said, considering deindexing pensions from inflation and raising the retirement age to 64.

Faced with the deficit of the pension system, ultimately less important than expected after the health crisis but for which the financing need is estimated between 7 billion and 10 billion euros per year, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux is considering three options for a return to financial balance. The first is “The increase in contributions but, there, it is the job which will drink”, he warned on RMC on Wednesday.

The second is “The deindexation of pensions. I do not think it is absurd that, while retirees have been protected during this crisis and that it is rather the young people who have toasted, we are asking them for a temporary effort. It also depends on inflation ”, he added. “And then there is the age”, concluded Mr. Roux de Bézieux, specifying that “It’s probably 64 years old”.

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The World with AFP