why unions oppose the government’s bill

Removal of categories A, B, C, dismissal for professional inadequacy and savings on salaries are at the heart of the disagreements between the unions and the government.


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Four of the eight public service unions announced a boycott of the meeting planned by the minister for Tuesday May 21.  (STEPHANE MOUCHMOUCHE / HANS LUCAS via AFP)

The Minister of Transformation and the Civil Service, Stanislas Guerini, receives the unions on Tuesday May 21 for a new consultation meeting on the subject of the bill aimed at reforming the sector. The final text is expected this fall, but four of the eight federations have already announced that they will not be present, including the two in the majority: CGT, FO, FSU and Solidaires.

The unions denounce a vague project. The main avenues envisaged by the minister do not suit them, starting with the abolition of categories of civil servants A, B and C. This system “shut in” agents and does not consider skills enough, according to the minister. But the argument is swept aside by a majority of unions, recalling that these categories structure the careers of 5.7 million civil servants, determine recruitment and promote diplomas.

Another point of disagreement: dismissal for professional inadequacy that Stanislas Guerini wants to facilitate. Even if it is rare, it already exists, criticizing the professional federations. They regret the minister’s unattractive speech while 70,000 positions are still vacant in the public service.

Beyond this reform, the question of salaries also crystallizes tensions. The unions denounce the absence of a new increase this year, and surely also in 2025 because of the savings to be made.

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