At the moment, it’s no. The civil service unions who met their supervising minister, Amélie de Montchalin on Tuesday, did not win their case: the waiting day, which results in a loss of remuneration on the first day in the event of sick leave, will well and truly to be maintained. And this, even in the event of infection with Covid-19. Reinstated on 1is January 2018 after five years of abolition, this measure provides that civil servants do not benefit from the maintenance of their salary until the 2e day off work.
Temporarily suspended during confinement, the deficiency day was reactivated at the end of the state of health emergency on July 10. Much to the chagrin of the nine public service unions who wrote to their ministers asking for “Its final repeal” in the long term and, initially, “The extension of his suspension”.
Meeting on Tuesday – like every fortnight since the start of the crisis – at the Ministry of Transformation and the Public Service, the organizations present, however, had little hope of winning their case. The same morning, Amélie de Montchalin had made unambiguous comments on FranceInfo, recalling that the common law regime should now apply in the event of illness, and therefore the day of deficiency, as in the private sector. “Except that in the private sector, many employees benefit from compensation provided for either by a collective agreement or by a mutual”, underlines Luc Farré (Unsa).
During the meeting, Amélie de Montchalin also recalled the government’s desire to establish additional social protection for public officials. But the three-year-old promise is making unions skeptical, despite the creation of a working group on the subject and the scheduling of a meeting in early October.
Danger for users
In the meantime, the organizations are highlighting the risks of maintaining the waiting day for both employees and users of public services. “When you know that you will not be paid if you stop, you come to work, even when you are sick, and you can infect others. It’s catastrophic”, assures Christian Grolier (FO). And these are not the words of the Minister concerning the absence of waiting day in case of need to be tested that reassure them.
No more than the door remained ajar on a possible new suspension in case of worsening of the health situation. “The waltz-hesitation, whatever the motivations, never gives anything good. I think that at some point, you have to show the agents that you understand their fears ”, insists Mylène Jacquot (CFDT).