This amendment of the MoDem on the 35h will not pacify the debates on the pension reform

Notary elected in the 2nd constituency of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Jean-Paul Mattéi takes the lead of the 47 Modem deputies in the National Assembly.  This close friend of François Bayrou succeeds Patrick Mignola who was not re-elected in Savoie.
JACQUES DEMARTHON via AFP Notary elected in the 2nd constituency of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Jean-Paul Mattéi takes the lead of the 47 Modem deputies in the National Assembly. This close friend of François Bayrou succeeds Patrick Mignola who was not re-elected in Savoie.

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Jean-Paul Mattéi is the president of the Modem group in the Assembly. He defends the end of the 35 hours as part of the pension reform.

POLITICS – What can add fuel to the fire of social protest? This Sunday, January 22, Le Figaro reports that the group Modem to the National Assembly is working on an amendment aiming to return to the 35 hours, within the framework of the pension reform.

On paper, and while the government says it is looking for cost-cutting measures to perpetuate the pay-as-you-go system and the postponement of the legal age to 64 tenses up all the unions, the centrist group believes that an extension of the weekly work would contribute to this effort.

A device that would lower the discount for small pensions and chopped careers” and of ” finding financial balances, explains to the daily Jean-Paul Mattei, president of the MoDem group. Philippe Vigier, in charge of the file, adds. “If there is an extra half hour of work per week, that generates social security contributions. And this makes it possible to financially consolidate this pay-as-you-go pension system “, explains the MoDem deputy from Eure-et-Loir who, still quoted by Le Figaro, take as an example the day of solidarity, set up in 2004.

“And tomorrow, the end of paid holidays? »

Aware of the totemic nature of the question, the Macronist troops welcome this line of work with skepticism. ” It is not envisaged to open the question of the legal duration of working time”, sweeps the president of the Renaissance group, Aurore Bergé.

An annoyance shared by the government. ” I consider that we do not have to go back to the 35-hour system step by step “, said government spokesman Olivier Véran, interviewed this Sunday on BFMTV.

At the same time, this idea is making the left jump, reinvigorated by the large-scale mobilization organized by the unions on Thursday 19 January. ” Retirement at 64 is not enough for them. They want to remove the 35 hours. And tomorrow, the end of paid holidays? “, was indignant on Twitter the national secretary of the Communist Party, Fabien Roussel.

Given the impasse in the pension reform, the macronists want to tackle working time. Decidedly they will have spared us nothing “, added Rodrigo Arenas, LFI deputy for Paris, on the same network. “ Their project: to dismantle one by one all the social conquests of the last 50 years “, adds the ecologist deputy Benjamin Lucas.

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This amendment of the MoDem on the 35h will not pacify the debates on the pension reform