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Pensions: ‘Extension of contribution period is essential’, Medef welcomes reform

Pensions: ‘Extension of contribution period is essential’, Medef welcomes reform

Pensions: ‘Extension of contribution period is essential’, Medef welcomes reform

It is the only representative movement that welcomes pension reform, unlike the unions, which have already called for a big mobilization. Medef on Tuesday welcomed the “pragmatic and responsible decisions” taken by the government to reform the pension system, while remaining “opposed to the principle of the senior employee index” that would oblige companies to publish the proportion of their older employees.

“Ensuring the future of this pillar of the country’s social model, while maintaining the purchasing power of active and retired people, necessarily leads to an increase in the duration of work,” the first French employers’ organization said in a press release.

“In this regard, raising the retirement age to 64, complemented by accelerating the already planned extension of the contribution period, is important,” Medef said. On Twitter, its president, Geoffroy Roux de Béziers, assured that “pension reform is needed to strike a balance in 2030.” “Companies will play their part and are ready to mobilize older people for employment,” promises Medef, which “still opposes the senior index principle.”

“In place of employees at the end of their careers, an index will be created. This index will be simple. It will be public. This will allow good practices to be promoted and bad ones condemned,” Prime Minister Elisabeth Bourne said on Tuesday as she introduced pension reform. This index should be implemented this year in companies with more than 1,000 employees and in 2024 in companies with more than 300 employees.

CPME and the liberal professions also join

For Medef, this index should be “constructed from metrics that can be controlled by companies (speed of access to training, number of mid-career medical visits, etc.) that will be negotiated across branches or companies.”

In terms of wear and tear, the employers’ organization describes the reform project as “balanced”. The increase in the minimum pension is for Medef “a fair measure that rewards work”, but which “must be calibrated to maintain the gap between income from work and pension payments.”

The Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CPME) felt that “working longer was a necessity” and called for “trade unions that are perfectly legal to have their voice heard rather than block the country by punishing companies.”

UIMM is concerned about the “competitiveness” of companies

The Union of Local Business Owners (U2P), which represents artisans and freelancers, has declared a “commitment” to “responsibility” measures, stressing that moving the legal age to 64 would “prevent” contributions and cuts in pensions. “The presented project is largely in line with the expectations of artisans, local merchants and freelancers,” said Dominique Metayer, president of U2P.

As for the metallurgy, if it welcomes a project that is “going in the right direction,” UIMM, the industry’s employers’ organization, warns against the “financial cost that life extension presents to companies,” an aspect that the government’s project does not “take into account.”

UIMM cannot “acknowledge that this reform entails additional costs for companies, in particular those in industry, that already suffer from a significant competitive disadvantage compared to their competitors, including Europeans”, and warns that it will “continue to follow the for this reform. .

Source: Le Parisien

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