Laurent Berger (CFDT) during a meeting on pensions, in January 2020. - Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP
Two hours of discussion to work on solutions to the threatening economic crisis. Trade unions and employers' organizations will be received by the Elysée on Thursday for a meeting with the President of the Republic, unions told AFP on Tuesday.
The invitation letter sent on Tuesday and of which AFP has obtained a copy indicates that the meeting at the Elysée Palace will be held in the presence of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his ministers Muriel Pénicaud (Labor), Bruno le Maire (Economy and Finance) , Gérald Darmanin (Action and public accounts), Didier Guillaume (Agriculture, Food) and Laurent Pietraszewski (Secretary of State to the Minister of Health and Solidarity, in charge of pensions).
The agenda still unclear
The following organizations are invited to the Elysée, Laurent Berger (CFDT), Philippe Martinez (CGT), Yves Veyrier (Force Ouvrière), François Hommeril (CFE-CGC), Cyril Chabanier (CFTC) and Laurent Escure (Unsa ). On the employers' side, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux (Medef), Alain Griset (U2P), François Asselin (CPME) and Christiane Lambert (FNSEA) are invited. The agenda is not indicated on the invitation.
"The idea is to see how we can fight this crisis, with unemployment, bankruptcies ... Think about this famous world after," said Cyril Chabanier to AFP. Muriel Pénicaud had mentioned Friday in Le Figaro a meeting between Emmanuel Macron and the social partners this week "to move forward on the definition of a renewed social contract".
During the confinement, the President of the Republic had organized a first meeting by videoconference with the trade union and employers' organizations on March 27. During the latter, the unions had asked, inter alia, for a ban on dividend payments, sanctions against companies that do not protect their employees against coronavirus, a specific report on teleworking or the establishment of an "expert committee" to monitor the impact of confinement on the population. Claims that went unanswered.
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