The Minister of Labor, Olivier Dussopt, closed the door on Monday to a retreat from the government on the postponement of the legal retirement age to 64 years.
"The age measures that we are taking", the raising of the legal age (64 years in 2030) and the acceleration of the extension of the contribution period (43 years from 2027) "are those which make it possible to bring the system in balance in 2030", they are "quite fundamental", he argued during the report to the press of the Council of Ministers.
"To come back to this point would be to give up 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, brings “18 billion euros in savings by 2030”, specified Olivier Dussopt.
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 retirees each year.
Senior Employment Index
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 will allow us to improve the text without renouncing the return to balance in 2030, nor the fundamentals of reform, obviously we will be open to it.