Infotech Pensions: Elisabeth Borne defends her reform at all costs even if “it does not please many people”

Pensions: Elisabeth Borne defends her reform at all costs even if “it does not please many people”

Elisabeth Borne prints her brand step by step. Under the previous five-year term, the tenants of Matignon no longer addressed their wishes to the press? She restored the custom, this Monday, January 23. Emmanuel Macron always speaks “off the record” to journalists, even gathered in assembly? The Prime Minister made it a point of honor to talk to them “we”.

The exercise of transparency might not encourage confidence, but it never seemed to curb itself. And for good reason, straight in her boots, she assumes everything she has done since settling in Matignon. Starting with the pension reform which was discussed most of the exchange, a little over an hour.

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No, Elisabeth Borne “don’t ignore the social movement”. Yes, she knows that “Working longer does not please many people”. But the popular rejection of the text is far from shaking it, and even less from deflecting it from its objective: to have its reform adopted as quickly as possible, the only solution, according to it, to save the pay-as-you-go pension system.

” Not a problem “

To those who resent seeing her present the said reform as a symbol of ” justice “, she replies: “We tracked down the injustices down to the smallest detail. » However, she does not say that she answered all of them. Nuance matters.

Proof of this is the question of women. “We specifically wanted to look at the situation of women who have choppy and incomplete careers,” she says. Progress, in his eyes, is first of all the status quo: not to shift the age of cancellation of the discount, which is always 67 years old. But also to increase the contributory minimum which concerns men less. However, “women who have continuous careers may see their starting age shifted”, thereby partially losing the benefit of taking parental leave into account.

Rejection of the pension reform, look for the woman

Proof of this is also the system of long careers which will not apply in the same way to all those who started working very young. Again, she assumes:

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“That people contribute one year more but leaving four years earlier, that does not seem to me to be a problem. »

Even if this amounts to contributing for 44 years, even though the contribution period is supposed to be extended to a maximum of 43 years.

“Work longer”

“Our system is a contribution period AND a legal age, she shouts. If we want the duration of contributions to be the only criterion, then we have to invent a new system. One could also speak of a universal points system, but that is not the subject of the current reform either. » And to make it even clearer, she continues:

“You can’t say that no one will have to work longer. The principle of our pension reform is to work gradually longer. »Pension reform: the unique Borne-Ciotti axis

The other criticisms are swept aside accordingly. Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council, may warn about the difficulties of carrying this reform through a PLFSSR (Amending Social Security Financing Bill), with limited time and unlimited “49.3”, it does not have any priest : “We have in mind that there is a Constitutional Council, so we ensure that this PLFSSR complies with the Constitution. » Circulate.

The same goes for the report of the COR (Pension Orientation Council) on which the government bases itself, yet subject to interpretation, including on the part of its own president, Pierre-Louis Bras. She pings: “There are a lot of assumptions in the COR report that can affect the readability of the conclusions, and even lead the COR president to have a rather… personal position. » After the “whatever the cost”, the “cost what it costs”?

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