5,800 job cuts at Bercy: “It’s an acceleration in an administration that has been battered for more than 20 years”

5,800 job cuts at Bercy: “It’s an acceleration in an administration that has been battered for more than 20 years”

Anne Guyot-Welke, spokesperson for the Solidaires finances publics union, criticized on franceinfo the job cuts announced on Tuesday evening.

Gérald Darmanin announced Tuesday, September 3, 2019 the elimination of 5,800 jobs in Bercy by 2022. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

The Ministry of Action and Public Accounts should experience a “total decline” in its workforce “of about 5,800 jobs over the three years between 2020 and 2022”, Minister Gérald Darmanin announced Tuesday, September 3 to the five trade unions. concerned.

“We are not surprised”, reacted on franceinfo Anne Guyot-Welke, the spokesperson for the Solidaires finances publics union. “It is a continuation of the reduction of the expenditure at all costs, in spite of a deterioration of exercise of the missions and of the working conditions of the agents.”

“20,000 job cuts since 2008”

“This is an acceleration in job cuts in an administration that has been battered for more than 20 years.” According to Anne Guyot-Welke, the ministry is “Since 2008, more than 20,000 job cuts”.

“This government had announced 50,000 job cuts in the state civil service”, recalls the spokesperson for the Solidaires public finances union. “The ‘yellow vests’ movement brought them down to 15,000. Of the 15,000, just one ministry takes 1/3 of the job cuts.”

The Ministry of Action and Public Accounts justified its decision by the “Implementation” from “Major transformations aimed at simplifying the lives of the French”, such as withholding tax or the elimination of small taxes. “The argument of withholding tax or the abolition of the housing tax is not a valid argument for eliminating jobs”, dénonce Anne Guyot-Weke. “The withholding tax has not alleviated the tasks of the agents. Quite the contrary. This changed a work process which required professional investment from all the agents, but it in no way alleviated their daily work. ”

Call to strike

Anne Guyot-What affirme qu’“There is no less work for the Bercy agents. They claim to have the means to fully carry out their missions ”. She recalls that apart from the withholding tax, agents manage “The fight against fraud and tax evasion, aid to local communities”. “All these missions are now overdue, and behind there are also overdue agents ”, souligne Anne Guyot-Weke.

The Solidaires public finances union calls “All the staff of the general public finance department, from September 16, to go on strike for the first time”. For Anne Guyot-Welke, it is necessary “To amplify the mobilization on the whole of the territory to counter both the job cuts and the overall transformation project of the administration which will lose a certain number of structures and physical presence on the whole of the territory”.