Temporary caregivers have just suffered a deep injustice: they have been banned from the exceptional bonus system created for staff who have supported Covid-19 patients. This is, in essence, what the employers and unions in the temporary work sector denounce, in a “Joint letter” sent, Wednesday July 29, to the Ministry of Solidarity and Health. Through this approach – extremely rare because of its unanimous nature – the social partners wish to obtain the abolition of a “Incomprehensible discrimination”, synonym of “Contempt” for those who are victims.
The controversy relates to a financial gratuity, the principle of which was announced on March 25 by Emmanuel Macron. In the mind of the head of state, it was about making a gesture towards “Our caregivers who are fighting today to save lives”. The mechanisms put in place, in several stages, provide for the payment of a sum of up to 1,500 euros, in public and private establishments.
The fate of the temporary workers began to garner attention as early as June. A note issued by the Grand-Est regional health agency indicated that this category of workforce “Was not affected by the device”, reports Isabelle Eynaud-Chevalier, general manager of Prism’emploi – an organization that brings together several hundred temporary employment companies. Explanations have been requested from the Ministry of Health. Without success, according to Mme Eynaud-Chevalier.
Finally, the third amending finance bill for 2020, definitively adopted by Parliament on July 23, “Translated this exclusion into legal terms”, says the general manager of Prism’emploi. “Such a measure contradicts a fundamental principle, that of equal treatment, enshrined in the labor code, she adds. It’s pretty terrible, symbolically, because caregivers, regardless of their status, have all been active. And the virus made no distinction. “ The risks of contamination were indeed the same for all staff, whether or not they had their jobs.
” It is unacceptable “
Staff left behind “Are misunderstood”, says Laetitia Gomez, general secretary of the CGT-Interim. “It’s as if we told them that they are underemployed, she continues. Even though they have been on deck like the others, and in difficult conditions at times, protective equipment could be lacking. It is unacceptable. “ President of the CFTC-Interim, Agnès Marchat denounces a provision “Discriminatory” : “This is why we rose up. We hope the state will reverse it. “
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