Pension reform: will employees entering an end-of-career scheme have to return to work?


Will return, will not return to work? At the beginning of April, around sixty employees of the Orano group (ex-Areva) close to retirement, who thought they no longer needed to return to work thanks to the leave accumulated in their time savings account (CET), received a letter from their management warning them that the future pension reform called into question their departure plan.

Three options were available to them: return to work to obtain the additional contribution semesters required by the reform, see their remuneration smoothed until their new date of retirement or take unpaid leave.

Taken up in most of the media, the case caused a stir. On TwitterOrano declares that it wanted “react to manage a situation that is imposed on (him) and identify individual cases that may present difficulties”. Asked about this situation on May 9, the Minister of Labor, Olivier Dussopt, indicated that “each individual file will benefit from social treatment, so that no one is called back”while emphasizing that it was only “a few cases” employees potentially affected.

At Thales, in 2017 the company set up a specific end-of-career CET system, matched by the company up to 40%. ” These are systems that are appreciated by both employees and management, because they allow employees who are close to retirement to leave earlier.”underlines Grégory Lewandowski, of the CGT Thales.

As at Orano, those who have entered this system see their retirement delayed. “We have a lot of worried employees who contact us, says the union official. The management proposes to us to support six months of extension and, for the employees who would see their date of departure to the retirement postponed of more than six months, to spread their remuneration over all the period. But that could be a lot of money at stake for a few, few cases. We therefore ask that the management take charge of the entire elongation. »

“Discussions are taking place”

These “a few cases” do not fail to challenge management and unions. Although the implementing decrees concerning the pension reform, which officially comes into force on 1er September, have not yet been published, “we are already seeing discussions taking place in companies at the level of end-of-career development plans”, says Stéphane Destugues, general secretary of the CFDT metallurgy federation (FGMM-CFDT).

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