Civil service: pay and career reform will finally be restarted

“Finally a minister for civil service.” The announcement of the re-appointment of Stanislas Guerini to the Ministry of Transformation and Public Service, this Thursday, February 8, during the second wave of appointments of the Attal government, will have the merit of satisfying the unions. “The Unsa civil service knows its interlocutor,” welcomes Luc Farré, the organization's general secretary, on Twitter. From the first round of ministerial appointments on January 11, Stanislas Guerini – to which the President of the Republic promised restoration – he was waiting for a decision on his fate.

So now it's done. And having just been reappointed as Minister of the Civil Service, Stanislas Guerini already has the big responsibility of restarting the vast civil service reform, a project that had already started while he was part of the Borneo government. “I continue my work for all our public servants, those who protect us and take care of us, those who take care of our children, our elderly, our fellow citizens in difficulties, but also all those who are behind the counter, in administrative services, who support our public services on a daily basis,” he promised on Twitter this Thursday.

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I would like to thank the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister for restoring their trust in me.

I continue to work for all our public employees, those who protect us and take care of us, those who take care of our children, our elderly, our fellow citizens in…

— Stanislas Guerini (@StanGuerini) February 8, 2024

Career development is about to accelerate for civil service agents

The presentation of the bill on civil service reform before the Council of Ministers, which was supposed to take place in February, was postponed to the second half of 2024 due to late reconstruction. This will have several components. First, it will be about speeding up and encouraging career development, especially with a more flexible promotion system, by giving greater value to the training followed by civil servants in order to enable them to move to a higher category of civil service (which in number three: A, B or C) and by facilitating internships for trainees who are satisfactory, instead of forcing them to take a competitive exam.

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Then part of the reform should refer to the working conditions of public servants. Remote work, four-day work week…Stanislas Guerini and his teams should draw significant inspiration from the wide-ranging consultations carried out last year with agents to improve the quality of work life for civil servants and contractual.


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Towards the reform of the way agents are rewarded

But the biggest project – and the most controversial – concerns the reward system in the public service. The executive actually wants to pay more for the “merits” of public officials. One of the goals of the text will therefore be to “better reward those who do their best to provide our public services”, as Stanislas Guerini stated at the beginning of November in the National Assembly. The idea is to better reward the individual and joint commitment of public servants, for example by awarding a bonus to a team of civil servants who have achieved their goal of reducing electricity or gas consumption.

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As for compensation, it should also be a question of placement mandatory annual salary negotiations in the civil service, similar to those that already exist in the private sector. In this context, public employers and trade unions would meet during the first half of each year to agree on wage increases to be applied the following year.

Stanislas Guerini has already “continued contact with all trade union organizations and invited them to discuss the social agenda for the coming months”, starting this Friday, February 9. For Civil Service Solidaires, the sixth public sector union, “the state of emergency for public employees has not changed” and “immediate general measures are needed in terms of wages for all”, especially by increasing the index. Conversely, “merit pay, we don't want that,” the organization insisted on Twitter.

🔴Emergencies for public servants have not changed @StanGuerini ! Urgent general wage measures for everyone‼️
👉 85 points for everyone
👉 Revaluation of the index point
👉 Inflation indexing
❌We don't want salary based on merit ❌#Strajk19March

— Civil Service Solidaires (@SolidairesFP) February 8, 2024

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