Relations between the Government and the social partners regularly experience periods of mutual misunderstanding. "It is on the basis of this finding, fed by the crisis of the CPE, the Government decided to open officially, yesterday, three tracks of reform to improve the social dialogue. They are based on the report "for the modernisation of the social dialogue", published late April, Dominique - Jean Chertier. The first is the more than 100 instances of concertation which comprises the social partners. They must be "simplified" and "clarified" to achieve an "orderly landscape" (read below), according to the note sent yesterday to trade unions of employees and employers, which is the synthesis of bilateral meetings took place late June and early July.
The second axis consists of the establishment of a "shared agenda" reforms which must be regularly updated to fix in advance the "work sharing" between the Government, parliamentarians and the social partners. The third, finally, aims to increase the place of consultation or negotiation before the final adoption of the reforms. The Government would choose as "only time", i.e. a minimum delay between the announcement of a project of reform and the adoption of the corresponding text. The idea is not really new, since it was included in the preamble to the Act on May 4, 2004 Fillon. The Government there had already taken "solemn commitment" to refer to interprofessional national bargaining any reform of legislative nature of the labour law. But it would, this time, force of law.
It would allow the Prime Minister to mark its footprint in an area where it has been, until then, strongly criticized. But in his note, the Government does not hide the complexity of the site: "If the principle of establishing a minimum time for concerted action (...)". consensus, strong divergences exist between the social partners on how to proceed and the consequences to learn. "Disagreements are on"fields of jurisdiction may be in reference to the negotiation. " But also and especially on "the follow-up to an agreement concluded by the social partners". Some wish that Parliament could adopt or reject, without change, the agreement that they have developed. The most radical want to impose the direct implementation of the agreement. Others finally denounce the transformation of the social partners in "legislators" and reject any proposal in this sense.
The Government reserves several weeks of reflection before deciding. New bilateral meetings will be held late August and early September. The Minister responsible for labour, Gérard Larcher, will then give a National Commission for collective bargaining, on 27 September, in which it should submit a first draft of the Government site. A Bill could be finalized in the fall. A failure to find a consensus on the issue of "only time", the Government would be limited to the simplification of the instances of concertation. The Ministry of public service is committed, in parallel, to install in September the Working Group on the reform of the social dialogue, including to "provide for recurring appointments on the management of human resources and salaries" officials.