The government adopted this Monday, January 23 in the Council of Ministers its pension reform showing its ” determination “ to go all the way without ” renounce “ the postponement of the retirement age, despite a massive mobilization that opponents intend to further amplify.
The Minister of Labor, Olivier Dussopt, closed the door to a step back on the postponement of the legal retirement age to 64, stressing that “to return to this point would be to give up the return to equilibrium of the system”.
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“The Age Measurements We Take”raising the legal age (64 years in 2030) and accelerating the extension of the contribution period (43 years from 2027) “are those that bring the system back to equilibrium in 2030”they are “absolutely basic”argued Olivier Dussopt during the report to the press of the Council of Ministers.
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“Returning to this point would be to renounce the return to balance and therefore lack responsibility for future generations”he added, while acknowledging that the government had “a disagreement with the trade unions”headwind against any measure relating to the legal age.
The draft amending budget for Social Security in which the pension reform is included, presented to the Council of Ministers on Monday, carries “18 billion euros in savings by 2030”said Olivier Dussopt.
The government “open” to changes to the text
These savings should make it possible to balance the system and introduce “more justice”with in particular a minimum pension raised to 1,200 euros gross for a full career, which should benefit 1.8 million current pensioners and around 200,000 new pensioners each year.
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Consideration of long careers, improvement of the hardship prevention account, index on the employment of seniors with a financial penalty in the event of non-publication for companies with more than 300 employees, closure of special schemes, etc. Minister of Labor and his colleague from the Civil Service Stanislas Guerini outlined the key points of the bill.
Asked about the possibility of the text being modified during the parliamentary debate, Olivier Dussopt replied: “Each time an amendment allows us to improve the text without renouncing the return to balance in 2030, nor the fundamentals of the reform, obviously we will be open to it. »
Head of State Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he had already shown” opening “ compared to the program for his second five-year term which initially provided for 65 years. He said he wished “that the government with parliamentarians” can still “arrange” the text. Before being more inflexible: ” needs “ are “known”and “I believe that here, now, we must be able to move forward”.
After the first day of strikes and demonstrations, which brought together Thursday between one and two million people in the street, and before the next one scheduled for January 31, Emmanuel Macron and his executive are working to put a mobilization into perspective “normal”.