Job cuts, cash flow disappearance … Why public finance officers go on strike

Job cuts, cash flow disappearance … Why public finance officers go on strike

They are protesting, in particular, against the 5,800 jobs that will be cut in three years.

A debate on the future of public services organized by the public finance unions CGT, CFDT, FO and Solidaires, on June 26, 2019 in Ancenis-Saint-Géréon (Loire-Atlantique).  (RONAN HOUSSIN / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

Will their movement be eclipsed by that of lawyers, unhappy with the pension reform? In disagreement with the job cuts announced by the government, public finance officers call on Monday, September 16, to “A national day of action” strikes and demonstrations.

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They also protest against the disappearance of treasuries, which also denounce many municipalities, Loudéac (Côtes-d’Armor) in Yvetot (Seine-Maritime). Finally, they deplore a decline in the service provided to users and the outsourcing of certain tasks, which will be entrusted to tobacconists. Explanations.

Some 5,800 jobs will be cut

Nearly 5,800 posts should be cut from public finances. “In a letter of September 4, details the specialized mediaPublic actors, the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, announces to the agents of the General Directorate of Public Finances (DGFIP) that their management will experience a decrease of 1,500 full-time equivalents in 2020, 1,800 in 2021 and 1 600 in 2022. On the ministerial perimeter, 5,775 job cuts are planned. ”

For trade unions, this is adisguised social plan ”, with a drop of almost 5% of the workforce, explains France Culture. “If the fire is smoldering within the tax administration, it is because it has contributed the most to the reduction in the workforce of the State for fifteen years, at the rate of 2,000 job cuts per year on average”, specify again The echoes. Quoted by AFP, Fanny De Coster, of the CGT Public Finances, underlines that public finances “Have already lost between 30,000 and 40,000 jobs over the past fifteen years”.

With dematerialization, the “transformation of missions” is not taken into account

For the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, the deletion “Around 5,800 jobs over three years” is justified by the “Withholding tax or the elimination of small taxes”, who “Make life easier for the French”.

For unions, this speech “No longer audible”. “Successive ministers have never taken into account the transformation of missions, of the workload which has continued to grow, without any recognition (…). For example, between 2012 and 2017, requests for reception increased by 39%. ” Dematerialization, “That’s 15 million face-to-face requests each year and 32 million in total (by phone and email in addition)”, declares to the AFP Anne Guyot-Welke, from the Solidaires union, first public finance union.

It also recalls that apart from withholding tax, agents manage “The fight against fraud and tax evasion, assistance to local communities”. “All these missions are still in arrears today, and behind there are agents who are also suffering”, souligne Anne Guyot-Weke.

Almost a third of cash will disappear

These workforce reductions will result in the disappearance of treasuries all over France.In the middle of the summer in fact, Gérald Darmanin made public the new map of treasuries and tax centers in the territory: of the 3,500 existing today, more than a thousand should still disappear ”, emphasizes France Culture.

From Paris, the movement goes unnoticed. But regional media have widely documented these disappearances. In 2023, in Maine-et-Loire, explains West France, “The department will have only seven contact points [pour les impôts]. In a press release, [l’intersyndicale] explains that in the same period of time,‘the last treasuries will disappear from the map’, and the tax services of ‘Baugé and Segré [seront] striped ‘.

Many municipalities are also protesting against this steamroller, reportsThe world.“From Tonnerre (Yonne) to Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (Tarn-et-Garonne), from Quimperlé (Finistère) to Villeneuve-les-Corbières (Aude), many municipal councils have been voting since the beginning of the summer , motions to denounce the reorganization of the public finance network. ” This Breton television channel gives other examples.

The service rendered will be less

Finally, the unions argue that the service provided by the “Points of contact” or by Maisons France Services, which must replace the treasury, will be of lower quality. For Christine Helstroffer, from the Solidaires finances publics union, cited by Rue 89 Strasbourg, “These Houses [France Services] will in no case replace the public finance centers, since they will not be equipped with tax technicians. The departmental management indicated that agents of the DGFIP could be on duty there. But with the workload they already have on their shoulders, one wonders how they could go to spend half a day in the towns and villages. ”

Another point that annoys: the tasks entrusted to tobacconists. AT From the summer of 2020, the French will be able to pay their taxes (up to a limit of 300 euros), their fines, but also their utility bills (nursery, canteen, hospital) in tobacco shops, in cash or by credit card. For Fanny De Coster, of the CGT, a limit has been crossed. It is not about“Yet another reform of the administration, but its dismantling and the privatization of our sovereign missions”, she accuses, before pointing “The dangers of entrusting tobacconists, without duty of reserve or probity, the payment of fines”.