“Above all, don’t fire.” Muriel Pénicaud, the Minister of Labor, has been repeating for three weeks the same unprecedented incantation: “I am making a request to companies: take up the partial activity. We have set up a device which is the most protective in Europe. in order to preserve employment. ” With this device dating from the sixties, the executive seems to have found its weapon to respond to the economic emergency. “No employee in a company affected by a drop in turnover will be left out and whatever the cost”, promises the president, Emmanuel Macron.
A message received five out of five by companies which have used it massively since mid-March: some 220,000 companies have used this tool and 2.2 million employees are concerned, according to the Ministry of Labor. And this is just the beginning: “We are at several thousand requests per minute, said Muriel Pénicaud. Between Thursday and Friday, we had 600,000 more requests in 24 hours.”
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This success is explained by the scale of the shock but also by the fear of entrepreneurs of being sued: “A company must ensure the health of its employees,” explains François Asselin, president of the CPME, an employers’ organization. many of them did not have until now the material means (masks, gel) to secure working conditions.Moreover, the government communicated poorly: by saying ‘stay at home’, it has despite itself