the Senate paves the way for a possible modulation

The Senate with a right-wing majority adopted Tuesday evening in first reading the bill paving the way for a possible modulation of unemployment insurance according to the economic situation, after having hardened it with a measure penalizing the repeated refusals of CDI to the from a CDD.

11:20 p.m. Scheduled over three days, the examination of the bill relating to unemployment insurance carried by the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt was completed in a single day. The text adopted Tuesday evening by the Senate therefore opens the way to a possible modulation.

The text had been hardened

The Senate with a right-wing majority gave Tuesday, against the advice of the government, a turn of the screw on the bill relating to unemployment insurance, examined in first reading, by voting the exclusion of the benefit of compensation for people who refused three CDI offers at the end of a CDD.


Adopted on October 12 at first reading by the National Assembly, this text initially plans to extend the current rules of unemployment insurance, resulting from a disputed reform of the first five-year Macron period and which expire on November 1.

Modulated according to the job market

It also triggers the possibility, by decree, of modulating unemployment insurance according to the job market, Emmanuel Macron’s campaign promise.

The current system
remains built to respond to a concept of mass unemployment, without being a sufficient incentive to return to work
“, declared the Minister of Labor, Olivier Dussopt, stressing that “
60% of companies have difficulty recruiting
“.

This modulation mechanism or “countercyclicality” is currently the subject of consultation between the government and the social partners who “
expected to take 6-8 weeks to complete by the end of the year
“, specified Mr. Dussopt.

The rapporteurs Frédérique Puissat (LR) and Olivier Henno (centrist) have enshrined this principle of modulation in full in the law, with the support of the minister.

“We cannot make life choices that are paid for by insurance systems” Frédérique Puissat (LR)

Mr. Dussopt, on the other hand, was unfavorable to another measure introduced in committee, which provides that a jobseeker who has refused three CDI proposals at the end of a CDD cannot be entitled to insurance. unemployment.

LR senators, including their leader Bruno Retailleau, failed to toughen this provision in the hemicycle. An amendment providing for the deprivation of compensation on first refusal was rejected with extreme accuracy.

Laurent Duplomb (LR) defended the objective of returning to “
true work values
“, Ms. Puissat considering that”
we cannot make life choices that are paid for by insurance systems
“.


We just have to remove the unemployment benefit
“, got carried away on the left Monique Lubin (PS), denouncing “
a shallot race
“.

The Senate then adopted another LR amendment aimed at excluding from unemployment benefits temporary workers who do not accept a CDI offered on the position they occupy as a temporary worker.

As for the provision assimilating
abandonment of post
to a resignation, introduced in the Assembly by amendments from the presidential majority and the LRs, the senators specified the applicable procedure in order to “
to secure
“.

“Denial of solidarity”

The left is upwind against a text that “
stigmatizes job seekers and portrays them as profiteers
“, according to Ms. Lubin. The PS and Ecologist groups contributed their votes to a procedural motion by the majority Communist CRCE group aimed at the outright rejection of the bill. It was nevertheless rejected by 252 votes against 92.

Cathy Apourceau-Poly (CRCE) denounced “
a denial of solidarity
“. “
Our chances of improving this text are almost nil.
“, Estimated Laurence Rossignol, pointing”
many points of convergence
between the government and the senatorial right.

Deadline extended to August 31


In order to give back the hand to the social partners
“, the senators rewrote the first article of the text which provides for the extension – at the latest until December 31, 2023 – of the current rules of unemployment insurance. The deadline has been moved to August 31. This period “
should be used to initiate consultations aimed at changing the governance of unemployment insurance
“said Ms. Puissat.


Without comprehensive and in-depth reform, paritarianism will have died
“, warned the centrist Jean-Marie Vanlerenberghe.

Opposed to the rewriting of the senators, the minister recalled for his part having committed to the opening of negotiations on governance.

Another point rectified by the senators in committee: the parameters of the bonus-malus, a device which is intended to limit short contracts. In particular, they excluded from the system the purposes of temporary assignments.

Another part of the bill provides for facilitating the validation of acquired experience (VAE). Senators want to open it up even more.

The Senate continued in the evening the examination of the articles. Once the text has been voted on by the High Assembly at first reading, deputies and senators will try to agree on a common version in a joint joint committee.

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