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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-20/1412 – measures in France
|Country||France , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 11 May 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
|Author||Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 November 2020|
The management of the mutual insurance company Matmut and three trade unions (CFDT, CFTC and CFE-CGC) signed an agreement on 6 May 2020 on the management of the resumption of activity and the situations encountered by the employees in the context of COVID-19. The social partners wished to organise the 'gradual and adapted' resumption of work within a negotiated framework. The agreement on the resumption of activity is applicable until the end of 2020. Over this period, its provisions will replace existing practices and agreements in the areas covered by the agreement. It defines the work organisation and telework. The return to the workplace is gradual and secure, using team rotation and relay and temporary mobility.
The agreement covers the organisation of working time. Indeed, the agreement aims to enable MATMUT companies with fewer than 50 employees, who are more vulnerable due to the health crisis, to access working time organisation measures. The group undertakes not to have recourse to State aid and to maintain the remuneration of employees unable to telework. The agreement provides for rotations between teams, between teleworking and on-site presence, and the introduction of staggered working hours with the introduction of shift work by successive or overlapping teams. However, the employees' initial working hours are maintained. In addition, to support teams in difficulty, employees who volunteer to do so may be able to temporarily take part in a functional or geographical mobility scheme. The agreement was therefore put in place to deal with the crisis and is fairly well balanced in terms of the provisions on working time arrangements.
The agreement applies to about 6,200 employees in France.
Employees in standard employment
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners have negotiated the agreement and will insure its monitoring.
Social partners have signed the agreement and therefore support the adopted measures.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|K - Financial And Insurance Activities||K65 Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Matmut agreement relating to the management of business recovery, measure FR-2020-20/1412 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FR-2020-20_1412.html
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