Olivier Dussopt believes “it is necessary to go further”

“We will address this subject from the start of the school year with the social partners”, indicates the Minister of Labor in an interview with “Parisien” published this Tuesday evening.

The Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt considers it “necessary to go further” with regard to the reform of unemployment insurance and outlines his lines of work, in an interview with the Parisian published this Tuesday evening.

While the executive has set itself the objective of achieving full employment by 2027, i.e. an unemployment rate of around 5% against 7.3% currently, Olivier Dussopt assures that this objective is “possible” thanks to the reforms RSA and unemployment insurance.

“There is an urgency: that the unemployment insurance reform, decided in 2019 and implemented in 2021 due to the Covid, see its rules extended. They expire on November 1, 2022”, poses the minister.

This will go through a text of law presented at the start of the school year, which will be the first on the menu of Parliament on the return from the summer break from the beginning of October.

A text in Parliament at the start of the school year

The minister explains that the government intends to extend these controversial rules “to allow this reform to continue to produce its positive effects and to think about the next step”.

“It is necessary to go further,” he continues. “Our compensation rules must take into account the situation of the labor market, as does, for example, Canada. When things are going well, we tighten the rules and, when things are bad, we relax them”, he explains, taking up a campaign commitment from Emmanuel Macron.

“Areas can be opened, on the duration of compensation and its decreasing nature. These parameters will be discussed within the framework of the consultation”, he underlines.

Pension reform for 2023?

Asked about the transformation of Pôle emploi into France Travail, the minister refutes a cosmetic name change and affirms, without going into details, that this will lead to “simplifying and better coordinating the actors (local authorities, private actors, etc.)” .

As for the RSA, which the president said he wanted to allocate on the condition of carrying out 15 or 20 hours of “effective activity which allows integration”, Olivier Dussopt indicates that “the new modalities will be put in place as quickly as possible” .

On pensions, he finally indicates that the consultation “will begin after the meeting of the National Council for Refoundation, in September”, ensuring that “the summer of 2023 is the horizon for the entry into force of the first effects of the reform”.

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