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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #243 - Social thresholds: An excuse more to destroy our rights (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:04:59 +0200


Among the ideas MEDEF to reduce unemployment is reform of social thresholds. No report? Certainly. But the prospect for employers to reduce the already slim powers of unions and stuff yourself even more at the expense of employee-es, she is there. ---- The Labour Code contains a number of provisions that vary depending on whether the company has 11, 20 or 50 employee-es. This is the staff representative bodies - Delegates staff works council, committee on health, safety and working conditions (HSC) - the union presence (Steward-e, representing union section), rates of certain contributions or the obligation to make a "social plan" in case of redundancy of more than nine people. This is called social thresholds. As social security contributions, improperly renamed "employer contributions" social limits are part of employer obsessions: "There are too many, they must reduce to enable the development of employment."

Yet even the very institutional Insee confirms that the change in social thresholds lead to any positive effect on the unemployment rate! If the government, employers and the CFDT pretend to believe in the fable of the effect on employment, the real issue is elsewhere. The reduction of social contributions allow shareholders to further generate more profit and will always put more pockets full. But it is mainly the weakening of union presence that employers search through the questioning of social thresholds. The current rules are already very few constraints: the thresholds of 11 or 50 employee-es, for example, must be met for 12 months during the last three years... what to prepare for what has otherwise nothing of cataclysm! Especially since there has long since cut patterns on and cutting their businesses to fall within these limits! Once again, the CFDT rushes into the employers' wake, the CGT and FO say "not negotiable" but are part of the "social calendar" integrating theme. The interest of Workers elsewhere: cold, with a report favorable to the employer forces, will not be negotiable but it will be imposed on trade unions!

"Barriers to employment" or brakes to unlimited profits?

In our trade unions are leading to resume debate this issue on our behalf, to assert and enforce new rights in the company, including those delegates and unions are now excluded es! Dare to reiterate that since no one works for us, no one decides for us, not for co-manage the capitalist enterprise but to make credible the prospect of a new social ownership of the means of production and self-management. Today, millions of wage-are working in companies where the bosses are not subject to mandatory subjects of representative bodies, 40% of companies that are subject to have no staff representation. It's been decades that employers obtain reductions in social security contributions "to promote employment" result, the number of working men and women are condemned to unemployment-has grown steadily over the "relief expenses "transformed into additional profits. Now, with the active support of the government, employers address the social thresholds, accused of being "barriers to employment" as the minimum wage... there some time. Behind this claim employer, two essential elements of the relationship between social classes are involved: the amount of profits pocketed by those who benefit from our work on the one hand, and against the powers-powers in the enterprise other.

Christian (AL Transcom)
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