The right-wing dominated Senate voted on Monday, against government advice and despite opposition from the left, the creation of a new type of indefinite end-of-career contract to promote the recruitment of employees aged at least 60 years old. The senators adopted by 202 votes against 123 an amendment to this effect brought by the rapporteurs LR René-Paul Savary and Élisabeth Doineau (centrist) to the pension reform project, the main measure of which raises the retirement age from 62 to 64 years. departure.
With this new "CDI seniors", the employer would be exempt from family contributions. He could put an end to the contract by retiring the employee who meets the conditions to benefit from a full pension. He would therefore not be required to keep it until he is 70, which today represents "a brake on the hiring of seniors", according to the rapporteurs.
"Current employment tools for seniors are not enough," said René-Paul Savary. France is below the European average for employment of 55-64 year olds (56% against 60.5%). The rapporteur clarified that the amendment had been drafted "on the proposal of a number of social partners", who would be responsible for defining the terms of application, branch by branch.
The leader of Les Républicains senators Bruno Retailleau "formally challenged" the cost advanced by the government, stressing that this amendment "reveals one of the greatest challenges of this reform". “What would be the point of raising the legal retirement age if nothing is done about the employment of seniors? he questioned.
"We do not understand why we are always obliged to give gifts to companies so that they recruit people," said Monique Lubin (PS). On the night of Sunday to Monday, the Senate had approved the creation proposed by the government of a "senior index" in companies, on the place of the oldest, but only for those with more than 300 employees.