Whit Monday: what is the purpose of the day of solidarity and how much does it bring in?

2023-05-29 11:20:00

After a scorching summer of 2003, the spirits are marked by the disappearance of 19,490 vulnerable people. Lack of personnel, insufficient means, it is time to act. Here, in a few words, is the initial idea of ​​the law of June 30, 2004 at the origin of this day of solidarity wanted by the Raffarin government. A united text, therefore, geared towards the autonomy of the elderly and disabled. An inspiration that finds its source in the German long-term care insurance of 1994.

A solidarity Pentecost Monday, but not always

Indeed, if Whit Monday is traditionally synonymous with solidarity day, the date chosen is at the discretion of your employer. Clearly, your management can choose another non-working holiday in the calendar. Except for May 1.

If it is Whit Monday that is chosen, employees working on that day will not be paid outside the collective agreement providing for the contrary. Many companies give an RTT or a day off to their workforce.

If another date is chosen as a day of solidarity, then this Pentecost Monday will be considered as a classic public holiday. Either you work, and you will then be paid as usual, or you do not work and the day will be considered a paid holiday.

To carry out this day of solidarity in the year, three possibilities exist according to the company agreements. Either take a day of RTT or leave, or work 7 hours (the day will not be paid), or even carry out 7 unpaid overtime hours, scattered throughout the year.

On the business side, this day of unpaid solidarity is not without consideration. A solidarity and autonomy contribution (CSA) of 0.30% of salaries is paid and contributes “to finance the expenses of accompanying the elderly and disabled people and supporting their loved ones” according to the website of National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy.

What is funded?

The National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy is comprehensive in this area. The following are beneficiaries of the funds raised:

  • the operation of medico-social establishments and services and support for their professionals,
  • individual aid for people (participation in the financing of APA and PCH expenses provided by the departmental councils, the education allowance for disabled children, the daily allowance for caregivers),
  • the operation of departmental houses for disabled people (MDPH), places of information and support for disabled people and their relatives,
  • actions to prevent the loss of autonomy (collective workshops on balance, sleep or memory, awareness of fall prevention, assistance in acquiring suitable equipment, etc.);
  • new forms of housing for the elderly and people with disabilities: inclusive housing;
  • support for caregivers of people with loss of autonomy;
  • the increase in the salaries of professionals in home help and support services and medico-social establishments.

How much does it pay?

In 2022, the day of solidarity had made it possible to collect 2.26 billion euros. The year 2023 will do much better, since the National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy is counting on around 3.2 billion euros. 2.4 billion euros in revenue from the autonomy solidarity contribution (CSA), clearly the contribution of employees. Figure to which are added the 863.6 million euros in revenue from the additional solidarity contribution for autonomy (CASA), i.e. the contribution of taxable retirees and pre-retirees.

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