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EMPLOYMENT – Earn less, but keep your job. This is the concession that 163 employees of Derichebourg Aéronautics Services – subcontractors of Airbus or Dassault – out of 1583 did not accept, according to information confirmed this Sunday, August 9 by France Blue Haute-Garonne and BFM TV.
As foreseen collective performance agreement (APC) concluded on June 12 between the management and the majority union Force Ouvrière, they will therefore be dismissed for “real and serious cause”.
A decision taken to “save jobs” in the face of the economic crisis linked to the coronavirus pandemic and allowed by the ordinances reforming the Labor Code of 2017, at the very beginning of the five-year term ofEmmanuel Macron. The group had first considered a plan to safeguard jobs, liquidating nearly 700 jobs, before offering this APC in early May.
20% less pay for the lowest salaries
For the 1,420 remaining employees of the company, based in Blagnac near the premises of Airbus, the agreement provides for the abandonment of social benefits, in particular the transport and meal allowance and “the abolition of the 13th month for employees who earn more than 2.5 times the minimum wage ”. For the smallest salaries of the company, the pay will be reduced by 8.56 euros per day or 20% on average of these salaries, explains France Bleu.
In exchange, the jobs are maintained … for now anyway. Management is committed to preserving jobs until June 2022. It also told France 3 that if the break-even point were to return to 4%, the company could then discuss any bonuses with the social partners.
Almost a third of the 163 employees who refused the collective performance agreement are over 50, according to BFMTV. About 80% leave with a professional project and 4,500 euros valued in the personal training account.
To avoid cascading bankruptcies, the government is working on measures to bail out excessively indebted companies. Many resources can be mobilized alongside the measures already put in place in the emergency (solidarity fund, postponement or cancellation of charges, etc.). The difficulty is to select companies well in order to avoid spending public money on companies that would no longer be viable, and to adapt the modes of action to their size, explained Bercy.
An aeronautical investment fund launched
The government has already announced on July 28 the creation of an investment fund of 630 million euros to support SMEs and mid-size companies in the aeronautics sector, supported both by the public bank Bpifrance, the major groups in the sector and the Tikehau fund manager.
This fund, called Ace Aéro Partenaires, aims to preserve the supply chain while demand for new aircraft collapses due to airline difficulties caused by the collapse in traffic.
The State is contributing 200 million euros, including 50 million for BPIFrance, and the big names in the sector are also contributing: Airbus for 116 million, Safran for 58 million, Dassault 13 million and Thales 13 million.
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