An organization of craftsmen and traders offers “business management” courses to four ministers

An organization of craftsmen and traders offers “business management” courses to four ministers

The Union of local businesses (U2P) publishes “internship agreements” in the press on behalf of the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, but also of Muriel Pénicaud, Bruno Le Maire and Jean-Michel Blanquer.

Screenshot of the advertising campaign of the U2P organization, in the digital edition of "Figaro" of June 26, 2019 (U2P / FRANCEINFO)

Imagine a minister on an internship in a masonry company. This is the idea of ​​the Union des entreprises de proximity (U2P), an employers’ organization which represents 2.8 million artisans, local traders and liberal professions. The organization launches, Wednesday, June 26, an awareness campaign inviting four members of the government to “Come and discover the daily life of our companies”.

In advertisements published in the daily press and on social networks, photos of internship agreements on behalf of the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, the Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer. The fictitious internships of “Business Management” take place respectively at a pharmacist in Vernon (Eure), a mason-tiler in Chambéry (Savoie), a hotel-restaurateur in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin) and a florist in Nevers (Nièvre).

“The members of the government think they know the realities of crafts, local commerce and liberal professions, but do not take the appropriate measures”, according to the message accompanying these false internship agreements.

Taxes, learning and the territorial divide

“We are a country where the laws and rules have always been designed for and by big companies”, according to the president of the U2P, Alain Griset. “It is not the fight of the big ones against the small ones, because of the big groups, it is necessary”, but craft businesses are too often absent from the concerns of public authorities, believes the president of the U2P. Thus, the government lowers the corporate tax rate (IS), “But half of our companies are not with IS, but with income tax”, reports Alain Griset, whose organization calls for a compensatory measure for companies whose taxes do not fall.

Originally very favorable to the reform of apprenticeship, the craftsmen realized that “On some contracts, the apprenticeship master loses between 1,000 and 1,500 euros per year”, he says again. Another subject of discontent, the territorial divide and the desertification of the centers of small and medium-sized towns for which the president of the U2P “Calls for the shutdown of new large-scale distribution establishments” on the outskirts of towns.