June 1, 2023

Constructive meeting this Tuesday between the employers’ union U2P and Elisabeth Borne

This Tuesday the head of government Elisabeth Borne received the employers’ union U2P, which represents artisans and liberal professions. According to Jean-Christophe Repon, vice-president of the Union of local businesses (U2P), this 1h30 interview made it possible to “make the voice of business owners heard on a human scale […] on important subjects such as the end of a career, professional wear and tear”.

The representative of the U2P also told AFP of exchanges around the “pact of life at work”, dear to the Prime Minister. A bill, after negotiations between unions and employers, should be tabled at the end of the year or at the start of 2024, according to Matignon.

“Sincere will” of the government

“The government’s desire to put the social partners back at the heart of the debate seems sincere and proven”, continued Jean Christophe Repon, “now we will have to manage to find with the trade unions the three or four negotiations that we can engage in following the three that we have already achieved”. With the other employers’ unions, “we will have subjects of convergence and we will surely have some tensions”, he added.

Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, who is about to hand over to the head of the Mouvement des entreprises de France (Medef), said he was on Monday “ready to discuss the employment of seniors” and the provisions censured by the Council constitutional. The Confederation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (CPME) had for its part put back on the table its proposal to exempt seniors from 57 years of age from unemployment insurance contributions.


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