Pension reform: the current bill is “not fair”, believes the secretary general of the CFDT Laurent Berger

Pension reform: the current bill is “not fair”, believes the secretary general of the CFDT Laurent Berger

With the “Journal du Dimanche”, Laurent Berger judges that “it is necessary to make more secure the transitions in the public service”, and “to go further on the minimum pension”.

The secretary general of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, during a press point in Matignon, in Paris, on January 10, 2020 (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

On the eve of the examination of the pension reform in the National Assembly, the secretary general of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, considers that the current bill is not “not fair”, in an interview with Sunday newspaper, Sunday February 16. MEPs, who will start examining the text in plenary on Monday, “Understood, I believe, that the project as it is today, if it does not include elements on hardship at work, would not be fair”, says the union leader.

Beyond, observes Laurent Berger, “We need to make transitions more secure, in the public service especially for category C agents, and go further on the minimum pension”. A point “fundamental”, he continues, there remains the question of “Reparation for those occupying a difficult job: they must be able to retire earlier”.

Berger criticizes the government’s “unpreparedness”

Renewing his request for negotiations by branch, Laurent Berger appeals to Medef “Who doesn’t want to hear about it”, but also at “Government because, in the end, he decides”.

The employers have, according to him, “First said that we could not measure (the pain) individually. Then it was complicated collectively. And now he refuses to negotiate in the sectors! ” “Medef agrees to prevent hardship and retraining. But not to repair the damage! This attitude, if it persisted, would bring down the balance of the reform ”, considers the union official. About the government, Laurent Berger says he is worried about “The unpreparedness we have been experiencing for months”.