Deconfinement: can we expect a social outbreak after May 11?

The unions will have a role to play in organizing the resumption of activity from May 11, the date of the start of progressive deconfinement. According to Raymond Soubie, president of Alixio and former social adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy, the risk of a social outbreak cannot be ruled out.

What will be the role of the social partners in deconfinement?

Health safety issues are at the heart of employee concerns. Suddenly, the unions are very attentive to it, especially as the end of confinement is looming. Employers and unions have an essential role to play so that the French can return to work in peace. But this can only be done business by business. Social dialogue is very important in finding negotiated and shared solutions that match the reality on the ground. Can we imagine identical safety instructions in a car factory and a local store? Obviously not. Certainly, the main principles can be imagined at the national level as proposed by the CFDT.

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Will the looming economic crisis lead to a social outbreak?

The question of employment is essential in the social climate of the coming months. Today, 9.5 million people are on short-time work, i.e. nearly one employee in

a href = “https://www.challenges.fr/tag_maladie/coronavirus_34863/”> the resumption of activity from May 11, date of the start of gradual deconfinement. According to Raymond Soubie, president of Alixio and former social adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy, the risk of a social outbreak cannot be ruled out.

What will be the role of the social partners in deconfinement?

Health safety issues are at the heart of employee concerns. Suddenly, the unions are very attentive to it, especially as the end of confinement is looming. Employers and unions have an essential role to play so that the French can return to work in peace. But this can only be done business by business. Social dialogue is very important in finding negotiated and shared solutions that match the reality on the ground. Can we imagine identical safety instructions in a car factory and a local store? Obviously not. Certainly, the main principles can be imagined at the national level as proposed by the CFDT.

Read alsoMay 1: unions call for mobilization … without processions

Will the looming economic crisis lead to a social outbreak?

The question of employment is essential in the social climate of the coming months. Today, 9.5 million people are on short-time work, or nearly one in two employees. But what will happen when the government puts an end to this device and when we realize that the economic damage is considerable? How many businesses are going to be forced to shut down or make social plans in order to survive? The corollary risk is a sharp increase in the unemployment rate. This generated extremely strong tensions.

What is the trade unions’ position on this?

So far, there has been a relative consensus to find emergency solutions such as short-time working. The unions, the employers and the government worked hand in hand by stepping up the dialogue. Only the CGT has played a more singular score by participating in various meetings but advocating an almost total shutdown of the economy or an increase in the minimum wage for employees on the front line.

Are employee protection requirements and resumption of activity reconcilable?

All social actors are torn between on the one hand the need to protect employees with optimal health rules and on the other the preservation of jobs which require a gradual restart of the economy. These are two conflicting imperatives that are not easy to reconcile. Let us not forget that if the health of employees is an indisputable obligation, that of the economy is also very important. Because if everything collapses, many French people will suffer. Job losses, decline in purchasing power… The reality could be very difficult in the coming months.