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The National Forestry Office (ONF) will cut nearly 500 jobs in five years

2021-06-22T17:56:11.986Z

According to management, this is not a social plan but "retirements and natural departures". The National Forestry Office (ONF), which manages French public forests, will cut 475 out of 8,400 jobs within five years, we learned Friday evening from the management of the establishment, heavily in debt. To discover Prime Macron 2021: how does it work? Read also: Office National des Forêts (ONF) "This is not a social plan, they are retirements and natural departures," management told AFP.



The National Forestry Office (ONF), which manages French public forests, will cut 475 out of 8,400 jobs within five years, we learned Friday evening from the management of the establishment, heavily in debt.

To discover

  • Prime Macron 2021: how does it work?

Read also: Office National des Forêts (ONF)

"This is not a social plan, they are retirements and natural departures," management

told AFP. The job cuts will be made taking into account

"the strategic issues of the establishment",

whose

"territorial network is preserved"

, she specifies.

This announcement was made on June 10 by the cabinets of different ministries, including Agriculture, the ministry responsible for the establishment, during a meeting about the next 2021-2025 contract for objectives and performance (COP). , with the National Federation of Forestry Municipalities (FNCOFOR), the latter said in a press release on Friday.

"The announcements made to us are unacceptable!"

, declared this federation, according to which an

“additional contribution of the communities to the financing of the ONF”

was requested.

"The project to increase the contribution of the municipalities would amount to nearly 30 million euros"

, according to FNCOFOR.

“To keep weight, the future State-ONF COP provides for the elimination of nearly 500 full-time jobs at the ONF.

Pay more for less! ”

, she concluded.

Inter-union fears

This announcement confirms the fears expressed in early February by the ONF intersyndicale.

She considered that this decision was

"likely to seriously amplify the deterioration of working conditions and to undermine the health of ONF staff"

.

In particular, she underlined that

"climate change and forest dieback will require more and more work to ensure health monitoring and the renewal of forest stands"

.

The agricultural component of the recovery plan initiated by France to deal with the Covid crisis provides for 200 million euros for forests, including 150 million euros to reforest forests sometimes seriously affected by drought and attacks of insects on trees, such as bark beetles, beetles that dig holes in trees weakened by drought.

This budget contrasts in terms of its size with the resources committed in recent years for reforestation.

The ONF employed 8,400 people at the end of 2020, about half of whom are civil servants or public law contractors.

Public forests represent around 25% of French forests.

Source: lefigaro

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