A paving stone in a confined pond. “We will have to ask ourselves the question of working time to try to erase, from 2021, the growth losses of 2020,” said mid-April Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, the president of Medef, in an interview with Figaro. As soon as said… The controversy immediately began with a scathing response from Laurent Berger, the secretary general of the CFDT. “It’s totally indecent”, he got carried away, criticizing “the return of the old moons” of the employers. Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux is obliged to extinguish the fire by making an act of contrition. To better sign on April 30 with Laurent Berger a common text on the need to resume activity, which, of course, does not allude to the sacrosanct working time.
It is the president of the LR group in the Senate, Bruno Retailleau, who, in the meantime, took over on April 22 on France Inter: “We will have to agree to work up to 37 hours per week, that is to say around 1,700 hours per year with an overtime quota of around 300 hours. ” A solution rejected by the government which for the moment remains at a good distance from this very ideological debate. Emmanuel Macron considers having settled the issue in 2017 with his reform of the Labor Code, which offers employers the possibility of waiving the 35 hours during peak activity periods, employees working fewer hours during off-peak weeks. The only obligation: the signing of a collective agreement with the unions.
The latter, as well as the left-wing parties, phosphorate on the subject. The idea: a sharing of working time between the French to create jobs and thus reduce the looming mass unemployment.