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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Septembre - Public Service: Officials to fine (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:55:05 +0300

By multiplying the advertisements against the public service, the government of Édouard Philippe flatters the right-wing electorate and tries to make believe that the only way to respect the sacrosanct rule of reduction of public deficits is to cut in payroll. ---- The primary of the right for the nomination of the presidential candidate had given rise to a formidable race for announcements regarding the abolition of posts of civil servants: Fillon promised to remove 500,000, Sarkozy 300,000, Juppé between 250,000 and 300 000, as for Kosciusko-Morizet, she proposed to reconsider the status of civil servants. Beyond this overbidding, it should be noted that taking officials as targets is a way to flatter the opulent right-wing taxpayers who see red as the idea that " their " taxes could be used to pay public officials.

Macron's first announcement was the abolition of 120,000 posts over the entire five-year period: 50,000 in the state civil service (ie ministries and deconcentrated services - rectorates, prefectures, etc.) and 70,000 in the territorial public service (communes, départements and regions).

Between 2006 and 2014, 230,000 jobs were already eliminated in the state civil service. Whether it is dry cuts or transfers to the territorial - where wages are on average lower - the goal is the same: to save money. Behind the numbers is a reality: removing positions in the public service of the state means eliminating teachers, labor inspectors, agents who put oil in the wheels to ensure quality public service.

Accounting management

In the territorial public service, the government has chosen to reduce the budgetary allocations by 13 billion euros in order to force local and regional authorities to reduce their workforce. We can already predict the consequences of this policy: an overload of work, teams under pressure and, ultimately, dysfunctions that will weigh on the whole population.

Second announcement: the freezing of the index point, that is to say the blocking of the salaries of the civil servants. Since 2010, this index point was " frozen ", that is to say it did not evolve anymore (while prices continued to rise). In 2016, to prepare for the forthcoming presidential election, two modest increases of 0.6 % were decided by Holland. This revaluation, far from compensating inflation, was still too strong for the new government which, by the mouth of Gerald Darmanin, announced a refreeze of the index point.

As if that were not enough, the zealous rectifiers of the public accounts decided to re-impose the officials on the day of deficiency, that is to say, by ceasing to pay the officials at their first day of absence for medical reasons. The pretext invoked is misleading since it would be a measure of equity with the employees of the private sector, whereas in many undertakings the days of deficiency before the payment of the daily subsistence allowances are covered by the 'employer.

The government recently appointed by Macron has decided to strike hard: on the one hand, it tries to pass a new reform of the labor code ; on the other, he attacks officials who are designated as privileged. The solution should therefore be simple: in order to thwart the plans of a government that implements a drum beating its liberal agenda, it is imperative that public servants and private employees refuse with the same voice these antisocial measures, in the street and strike solidarily to oblige Macron to review his program.

Benjamin Bakin (AL Paris-Nord-Est)

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