Justice complicates Anne Hidalgo’s plans

Everything risks having to be rebuilt. The complex edifice scaffolded in recent months by Anne Hidalgo and her team to formally apply the thirty-five hours to municipal officials in Paris without adding too much to their real working time is wavering, and threatening to collapse. Seized by the State, the administrative court of Paris suspended in summary, Monday, October 25, two key provisions of the new regulation on the working time of 55,000 garbage collectors, teachers, gardeners, police officers and other agents of the City of Paris . In both cases, the court issues “Serious doubts” on the legality of the measures concerned.

This suspension is certainly taken only provisionally, urgently, pending a substantive decision promised by justice, “No later than the end of the first quarter of 2022”. In addition, the City of Paris intends to appeal the summary judgment. She hopes the court of appeal will rule within a month. In the immediate future, the summary decision nevertheless prevents Anne Hidalgo from applying the plan she had planned, and the broad outlines of which had been validated by the city council in July. One more pitfall for the socialist mayor, while she presents her action in Paris as a pledge of seriousness for her candidacy for the Elysee Palace.

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“Breaking of equality between agents”

Sign of the difficulties caused by the court’s decision: the town hall canceled in disaster the central technical committee during which elected officials and unions were to agree, Thursday, October 28, on the concrete organization of work in some 350 trades different, after months of negotiations. “We could obviously not vote on a project questioned by the judges”, explains Dominique Basson, from the CFDT. For lack of a technical committee, the last validation by the elected officials of Paris, which was to take place at the council scheduled for mid-November, will also be delayed. “We are moving towards a vote in December”, says Human Resources Assistant Antoine Guillou.

The schedule is getting tight. According to the law of August 2019 on the transformation of the civil service, all local authorities must increase the working time of their agents to thirty-five hours per week ” later ” 1is January 2022. In Paris, this means going, on average, from 1,552 hours to 1,607 working hours per year. However, one of the government’s criticisms, taken up by the administrative court, already relates to the delay with which Paris intends to apply the law. In the scheme designed at the Town Hall, the new device would come into force in a phased manner between January and September 2022, which seems “To ignore the law” and train “A breach of equality between agents”, raises the court.

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