Labour Code : the road “frightened” after a meeting with the employers and the ministry

Far from resolving existing problems, the meeting led to the other. The unions are out to “frightened” Thursday night after being met with the minister of Transport, Elizabeth Terminal and the employers ‘ federations, with whom the discussions had been “very strained”, particularly on the implementation of the reform of the work by orders.

The trade unions (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFTC, CFE-CGC) have not “achieved anything of concrete” and, worse, have learned “with consternation, that the ordinances were impacting on the road fees”, which represents a “clap of thunder” for the profession, according to Jerome Truth (CGT), which is said to be “aghast” at the exit of the ministry. These allowances (meals, fees, overnight expenses, etc.) may represent up to “1,000 euros per month on the payslip for a driver zone long”, he explained to the AFP, FO evoking its side between “600 and 1,200 euros per month,” depending on the type of mission.

The orders allow the questioning, company by company, of “all the bonuses” which up to now were guaranteed by the collective agreements, that is to say the road fees, bonuses, seniority or even the 13th month in the road passenger transport, told AFP Christian Cottaz for the CFDT. The unions have requested that the premiums are sanctuarisées, but “the employer doesn’t want to let go,” according to Patrice Clos of the FO. “Very upset”, the CFDT, slammed the door during the meeting that lasted 5 hours.

New meeting on 4 October

A new meeting is scheduled for 4 October, between the trade unions and the employers ‘ federations, who have left the ministry to 21: 00 without comment. The meeting will serve “to evoke the elements related to remuneration, on which there are concerns, the issue of seniority in particular”, said later to the AFP Jean-Marc Rivera of the UR.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the minister has “taken note” of the fact that “new topics have emerged during the discussion”. “These issues will be appraised, and the dialogue must continue in a constructive and responsible”, she said.

The expertise will focus on “the travel costs that are specific to truck drivers”, said the release, adding that Elisabeth Merely “suggested that company-level agreements on remuneration in the road transport sector is the subject of a follow-up by the observatories of the negotiation, as provided by the ordinances, in connection with the national branch”.

By 4 October, the CGT is going to do “the tour of the troops” to decide on the action to give the movement renewed, which was launched on Monday with FO, according to his representative, who imagines “deliver a major blow as early as next week”. FO “does not call up the strike” in the course, indicated for his part, Patrice Clos. For their part, the CFDT and CFTC raises the threat of a strike from 10 October.

(with AFP)

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