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Factsheet for case FR-2020-20/1412 – measures in France

Matmut agreement relating to the management of business recovery

Accord de la Matmut du 6 mai 2020 relatif à la gestion de la reprise d’activité

Country France , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 11 May 2020 – 31 December 2020
Type Bipartite collective agreements
Category Supporting businesses to get back to normal
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Case created 09 November 2020

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.

Use of measure

The agreement applies to about 6,200 employees in France.


  • Income protection
  • Telework
  • Work organisation

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
Company / Companies

Social partners

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 jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


Social partners have negotiated the agreement and will insure its monitoring.

Views and reactions

Social partners have signed the agreement and therefore support the adopted measures.

Sectors and occupations

    • 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.


  • 06 May 2020: Accord dans l'UES Matmut du 6 mai 2020 relatif à la gestion de la reprise d’activité accord dans l'UES Matmut du 6 mai 2020 relatif à la gestion de la reprise d’activité


Eurofound (2020), Matmut agreement relating to the management of business recovery, case FR-2020-20/1412 (measures in France), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.