“Some will end up at the RSA”, worries a trade unionist

Barthelemy Philippe

The government unveiled this Monday morning its arbitrations on the reform of unemployment insurance. If certain points are still under discussion, the conditions of compensation will be tightened from February 1. But in the midst of an economic crisis, the social partners, like the CFTC, fear that this is not the right time, especially for seniors.

While unemployment insurance is being implemented, the unions are worried. If the labor market is dynamic, with an unemployment rate of 7.3%, the conditions for compensation will be tightened with the passage of this reform. From February 1, 2023, for those entering unemployment, a reduction coefficient will be applied if the economic situation remains similar to that of today. And certain populations of workers, such as seniors, risk being particularly exposed. For people aged 55 or over, the duration of compensation will increase from 36 to 27 months and “some will end up at the RSA”, predicts Éric Courpotin, representative of the CFTC.

A greater risk of dismissal

“We know very well that when there is a social plan in a company, the first to be made redundant are the seniors, because generally these are the highest salaries”, recalls the trade unionist. “I don’t see how they are going to go back to a job. What are they going to go back to? And possibly the RSA when they have exhausted everything?”, He adds, worried.

For Eric Courpotin, it is only an administrative maneuver, to reduce the unemployment figures on paper. “We are going to reduce the unemployment figures in France by removing them from the list of job seekers to switch them to the RSA. Today, a job seeker for the government is just a budget line”, he concludes, deploring the lack of human consideration in the reform.