Public aid: companies will be required to talk to unions

The Ministry of Labor will oblige employers to discuss this subject as part of the annual information-consultation session of the Social and Economic Committee on their strategy.

The Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, wants staff representatives to be consulted on their company's use of public aid.

No obligation to go through the assent of the staff representatives as claimed by the CFDT, but to give some accounts all the same, no offense to the employers. Employers who receive public aid will soon be required to discuss with the elected officials of their company on how they have used it, the Ministry of Labor said on Monday at the end of the second consultation session with the social partners. dedicated to the recovery plan, the youth plan and short-term jobs.

The idea would be to make this exchange compulsory within the framework of the annual information-consultation session of the Social and Economic Committee (CSE) on the strategy, even if it means going through the law.

The subject of the use of public aid has long divided the social partners, and even more so with the recovery plan, given the scale of the sums involved (100 billion euros). The unions are demanding, each in their own way, that conditions be imposed depending on the results, in terms of jobs, training or ecological transition. Even that they are reimbursed if necessary. In contrast, for employers’ organizations, too many constraints kill the constraints and this will work against the objectives to be achieved.

“Finding the right balance”

In this debate, the government defends the fact that the money for the recovery plan is by construction subject to counterparts, hiring a young person or an apprentice for example when it comes to receiving the promised bonus. But it excludes creating additional ones. The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, considers in particular “That imposing conditionalities would waste time on the recovery and lead to failure” while declaring itself in favor of companies making a commitment, via a charter, to the environment, governance and value sharing.

“It’s about finding the right balance”, we advance in the entourage of the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne. The social partners are invited to reflect on the issue and to formulate proposals for decisions that could be taken at the next consultation session.

Two other levers

In addition to going through the CSE box, the ministry intends to play on two other levers to ensure that the use of the last audiences is as efficient as possible. First, to boost company clubs within the framework of the “La France une chance” initiative, to encourage recruitment of such and such a public, for example, in a manner linked to the youth plan. Second, insert insertion clauses in the public contracts of France Relance. With, as for the CSE, a balance to be found so as not to block the door too much to businesses.

“We will have to calibrate well. It is not enough to put in a market clause, it is necessary to support all the actors at all levels to the end of the chain ”, we assure you, always in the entourage of Elisabeth Borne. Thibaut Guilluy, the High Commissioner for Employment Inclusion and Business Engagement, has been tasked with an interministerial coordination mission for this.