Three of the five main unions, including the CFDT and the CGT, have signed the agreement negotiated with employers on the branch of accidents at work and occupational diseases (AT-MP) of the Social Security, it was learned Friday. The text, submitted for signature since mid-May after ten months of discussions, provides in particular for a takeover by the social partners of the AT-MP branch, now managed by the Health Insurance.
Trade unions and employers intend to distribute the surpluses of this fund, which is almost entirely financed by employers' contributions and which is expected to generate a surplus of more than €2 billion this year, out of a budget of €17 billion. A manna from which the government will already draw more than a billion from 2024 to finance its pension reform. The social partners want to use the remainder to increase spending on prevention and "improve compensation", i.e. pensions paid to victims of work-related accidents and diseases.
The CFDT had very quickly decided to sign this "ambitious agreement" and its "social progress". The CFTC did the same on Thursday, despite some regrets about the "lack of action" regarding "chemical risks". More surprising, the CGT also announced its signature on Thursday, approving "a step" that "partially responds" to the "lack of means and manpower" of the smallest branch of the Sécu. The other two unions are still waiting to decide. Force ouvrière "continues its discussions" and should decide "early next week", according to its negotiator Eric Gautron, while the CFE-CGC will rule on the subject on June 27, says its counterpart Mireille Dispot, who issued a favorable opinion internally.
But the agreement is already validated, the three signatories together weighing more than 50% at the national level, which prevents the others from opposing it. The ball will therefore quickly pass in the court of the government, which has promised to "faithfully transcribe" the agreements concluded between employers' organizations and trade unions. Like the one on the "sharing of value", the subject of a bill presented last week in the Council of Ministers.