a less tense but still uncertain negotiation

Does the negotiation between social partners on telework still have a chance of leading to a compromise? This is what the Medef pretended to believe on Tuesday, November 17, after a discussion session that ended in the early evening. “We keep moving forward”, underlined its leader on the subject, Hubert Mongon, praising “A serene work climate”. He even went so far as to qualify the next and last meeting on the file, scheduled for November 23, as “Concluding meeting”, with “Realistic, reasonable chances of success”. A cautious optimism, which some unions, including the CFDT, are not far from sharing. “There is a will on our part to go all the way, because the door is open and everything must be done to find a positive outcome”, declared Catherine Pinchaut, the representative of the central cédétiste.

The change in tone is noticeable. On November 10, at the end of the previous meeting, the employee organizations expressed their exasperation at the persistent refusal of the employers’ movements of a national inter-professional agreement (ANI) which would contain standards binding on all companies. “We won’t have to be taken by boat for too long”, had stormed Mme Pinchaut.

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A new meeting should have taken place three days later, but it was canceled at the last minute at the request of the employers, some of its representatives being invited, on an impromptu basis, to participate in another meeting with the Ministry of Labor.

Monday evening, the employers sent the unions a draft agreement which is faithful to the line it had set itself: the 17-page text is neither prescriptive nor normative, contrary to what the employee confederations would like . “We write a lot of the verb ‘to be able’ whereas the unions would like us to use that of ‘must'”, summarizes Eric Chevée, vice-president of the Confederation of small and medium-sized enterprises (CPME). So much so that, on the side of employers’ organizations, some expected an outcry. This was not the case, according to Mr. Chevée: “We found unions that seem to have evolved on the subject, he tells the World. We were surprised by this turnaround, especially from the CFDT. “


Mme Pinchaut considered that the copy submitted by the employers’ organizations contained some “Advanced”, in particular on the “double volunteering” (that of the employee and that of the company manager) to establish the remote activity, or even on the “reversibility” – that is to say the possibility of organizing the return of the worker on the premises of his company. An opinion shared by Béatrice Clicq (Force Ouvrière), who also mentioned ” advances “ more “Whose formulations remain very timid”. “The match is tough but we still hope for a positive exit”, she added.

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