Posted Jul 20, 2022, 7:55 AMUpdated on Jul 20, 2022 at 8:49 am
At the end of debates which dragged on, the National Assembly voted, on Tuesday evening, the facilitation of profit-sharing agreements in companies, a measure of the bill on purchasing power castigated by the left-wing coalition Nupes.
Finally voted on at first reading, by 288 votes against 90, article 3 aims mainly to promote incentive schemes (bonuses linked to company results) in small companies with fewer than 50 employees. And opens the way, according to the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt, to a mechanism of “simplification” and “facilitation” for the “sharing of value” within the company
Allow a “unilateral decision” of the entrepreneur
To develop these agreements within SMEs, the article adopted by the deputies allows a system of profit-sharing on “unilateral decision” of business leaders. Either in the absence of staff representative institutions, or in the event of failure of negotiations, when the company is not covered by an approved branch agreement providing for a profit-sharing scheme.
The text also proposes more generally to extend the duration of profit-sharing agreements. This would go from three to five years.
The opposition denounces a subterfuge to avoid increasing wages
LFI, environmentalist and communist deputies rejected the article en bloc, demanding salary increases rather than bonuses. “It’s a complete decoy”, a “subterfuge offered to the bosses to once again avoid any real salary increase”, pointed out the LFI Aurélie Trouvou. The communist Pierre Dharréville saw in it a “liberal logic” of deregulation. “The salary will remain the same. How by earning more, an employee will be precarious? “, replied the MoDem Erwan Balanant.
At Horizons, also in the presidential majority, Vincent Thiébaut criticized the left-wing coalition Nupes for its “total ignorance of the business world”. “We know the business world, but unlike you, we talk more with employees than with bosses,” retorted the rebel Antoine Léaument. LR Thibault Bazin judged for his part that the measure is going “in the right direction”, despite persistent “brakes” for small businesses.
There are still 410 amendments to be considered on this bill after the vote, with a schedule that may be further disrupted.
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