Valérie Pécresse on the economy, employment, retirement
The proposal of the president of the region Valérie Pécresse for the French presidential election of 2022, through the primary of the Republicans, on the themes of the economy, work, pensions.
The current situation is very degraded, we have 6 million unemployed, 1 million unfilled jobs. A trade balance that has never been so bad. France has never been so dependent. We are talking about reindustrializing France, but what are we doing? A humiliated France.
We need a national youth bank to help and finance young entrepreneurs.
We must not scare investors and businesses. We must not reintroduce the wealth tax.
We must support companies wishing to relocate to France.
We must lower employee contributions to increase net wages by 10% up to 2.2 minimum wage (2,707 euros net per month, or 8 private employees out of 10) and thus increase purchasing power. These would be the salaries of the majority of French people. Today we have never had so many unemployed, and companies have never had so much difficulty finding people to work. How to get the French back to work? social security must be financed by the state and work must pay, more than assistance, than moonlighting, and we must want to go to work. It would cost 25 billion euros per year.
Today we are in a system so socialized that the state pays what is called the activity bonus which represents 10 billion euros per year, which is significant. Dignity is work, it is salary. We can finance this measure through the pension reform. We need a society of work and not a society of assistance. It is through work that one finds one's dignity and not through a whole series of allowances.
There are 1 million unfilled jobs in France. We therefore take the share of pension contributions which is 8.7% of the net salary which is nowadays paid by employees, this funding must be nationalized. The first third will be financed by reforms such as that of unemployment insurance which requires a faster degression on employees from 2.5 minimum wage (the threshold is 1,500 euros in the current reform).
A second reform on tax and social frauds which are enormous and on which we do not fight enough with in particular cyber investigations. We can have biometric vital cards. There is the tax revenue generated by these salaries because when we get one euro more in salary, we pay 40 cents of tax with all the consumption we make of this money.
And the companies that must be solicited within the framework of a national conference on wages. We must help businesses to have much more flexibility in setting their working time. You have to see the social partners, employers and unions. We have to tell the French the truth, if we want to earn more, we have to work a little more. We must allow companies to negotiate labor agreements with a little more hours. The generalization of teleworking with the current crisis allows the French to save the time they would have spent in transport and they could dedicate it to work. Working more to earn more is our dna.
In Germany, the unemployment rate is 3.6%, compared to 8% in France. This is why they can have more strangers on their soil. The active solidarity income should not be extended to young people between the ages of 18 and 25. It locks the young in the audience. They must be given a young active income for those who are training in the trades which are recruiting.
The French have to work until the age of 65 if we are going to live longer. This can bring in up to 35 billion euros by 2030. It will of course be necessary to take into account the long and arduous careers and to treat differently these people who started to work very early. These employees must be guaranteed a net minimum wage by 2030. With a revaluation of the minimum contributory, up to the net minimum wage so that people have decent pensions.
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