Macron and Philippe:‭ ‬bean counters for the bosses‭!

What the‭ ‬bosses‭’‬ union‭ ‬(Medef‭) ‬had been dreaming about,‭ ‬the government did.‭ ‬The‭ ‬administration put‭ ‬a‭ ‬“calculator of severance pay‭ ‬for wrongful dismissal‭”‬ online on its‭ ‬ website,‭ ‬for the bosses to use.‭ ‬It‭’‬s‭ ‬quite easy to use.‭ ‬Say you‭’‬re an employer,‭ ‬you type in the years of service‭ ‬of the employee‭ ‬and the size of the company,‭ ‬then you click‭ ‬“calculate‭”‬.‭ ‬That‭’‬s it.‭ ‬You get the price for the dismissal.‭ ‬It‭’‬s quite cheap.‭ ‬And as a bonus,‭ ‬a dismissal letter template is available on the website,‭ ‬too‭! ‬Of course,‭ ‬the Medef hails this excellent initiative.‭ ‬How long will we put up with it‭?

It‭’‬s a gift
‭ ‬This cynical online tool is a result of Macron‭’‬s rulings.‭ ‬It‭ ‬expresses the new legal framework around severance pay for wrongful dismissal.‭
As an example,‭ ‬if a terminated employee‭ ‬with‭ ‬20‭ ‬years seniority‭ ‬files a claim with the Labour Relations Court,‭ ‬they will be entitled to severance pay of‭ ‬3‭ ‬to‭ ‬15.5-month salary.
‭ ‬So,‭ ‬it makes sense for the bosses‭ ‬to use their calculator‭ (‬the one given to them by the government,‭ ‬that is‭)‬:‭ ‬if a worker is too expensive due to seniority,‭ ‬or because‭ ‬he‭ ‬is on sick leave following an occupational accident,‭ ‬such as breaking‭ ‬his back after years of intensive work‭…‬ wouldn‭’‬t it be cheaper to fire‭ ‬him,‭ ‬pay a small severance pay,‭ ‬and hire a cheaper worker or simply‭ ‬share‭ ‬his‭ ‬work among‭ ‬his remaining colleagues‭?
We and our colleagues are directly threatened by this disgusting calculation.

Shorter unemployment benefits for older workers
‭ ‬So,‭ ‬older workers are the most threatened by this change.‭ ‬And‭ ‬they will face yet another threat.‭ ‬Since November‭ ‬1st,‭ ‬the new unemployment benefits rule,‭ ‬passed under Hollande,‭ ‬will kick in.‭
Up to now,‭ ‬the maximal duration for unemployment benefits was‭ ‬36‭ ‬months for the over‭ ‬50,‭ ‬and‭ ‬24‭ ‬months for younger workers.‭ ‬From now on,‭ ‬the cap is brought down to‭ ‬24‭ ‬months for workers aged‭ ‬50‭ ‬to‭ ‬52,‭ ‬and‭ ‬30‭ ‬months for those aged‭ ‬53‭ ‬to‭ ‬54.‭ ‬Only after‭ ‬55‭ ‬are benefits maintained‭ ‬to‭ ‬36‭ ‬months.
‭ ‬So,‭ ‬a‭ ‬50-year-old worker who has worked for‭ ‬30‭ ‬years in a company can be dismissed for no reason,‭ ‬and get two years of unemployment benefits.‭ ‬And after‭? ‬Well,‭ ‬don‭’‬t ask the government and the bosses,‭ ‬they couldn‭’‬t care less if‭ ‬it ends in poverty.

It‭’‬s all good,‭ ‬believe us‭!
And yet the media keep telling us that things are going well,‭ ‬since‭ ‬the economy started growing again‭! ‬Yes,‭ ‬the GDP has increased,‭ ‬meaning more wealth is produced in‭ ‬France.‭ ‬But who profits from our work‭? ‬Obviously not us.

Fighting against unacceptable trends
‭ ‬We must now expect wrongful dismissals to happen in every company,‭ ‬even more than before.‭ ‬The very few legal protections that could make the bosses think twice have been removed.‭ ‬The only thing left for us to do,‭ ‬each time this happens,‭ ‬is to mobilise.‭ ‬Fighting together,‭ ‬each time one of our colleagues is threatened,‭ ‬means fighting to save our own job.
‭ ‬We can also express this essential worker solidarity during the interprofessional day of action called on by the CGT,‭ ‬FO,‭ ‬Solidaires and FSU unions on November‭ ‬16th.‭ ‬We must seize all opportunities to show we won‭’‬t accept their selfish,‭ ‬cynical calculations.