Hours worked for nothing? Many French people, when retiring, have a bad surprise when they discover that several months worked are not taken into account in the calculation of their pension. If it is very often an error, on your side or that of the administration, this oversight can be voluntary in one case, that of the TUC. Does this acronym mean anything to you? It is that you may have escaped them or that you are too young to have known them.

As France Bleu explains, Works of collective utility were set up between 1984 and 1990 by the government of Laurent Fabius in order to quickly stem unemployment. They were then offered to unemployed people for missions in different establishments, such as town halls, schools or retirement homes. The duration could vary from several months to several years, depending on needs and profiles. For six years until its demise, the TUCs benefited 350,000 unemployed people, some of whom will now retire, more than 30 years later.

Problem ? These hours worked are not counted on their career statement and most working people realize this now. Indeed, these contracts had been signed by many young people looking for their first job and for whom retirement then seemed very far away. As the radio explains, the workers concerned have been gathering on social networks for several years, but without success: “End of inadmissibility from the government and the majority who answer that the TUC had a status of trainees and therefore did not contribute not for their retirement”.

Trainee status, really? Things are changing on this subject and these years worked could finally count in the retirement of the concerned…

Will former TUCs be entitled to compensation for the years worked? In any case, this is what MP Paul Christophe wants. Questioned by Capital, he explains: “The State gave you access to a contract with communities, associations or even administrations in the form of an internship. Except that when the young people were recruited, obviously, we omitted to tell them that they were interns. And they were doing real work.”

“The State contributed to Social Security on their behalf on the basis of a flat rate which did not allow them to validate four quarters of retirement”, adds the deputy to the site, considering that these workers “were a little deceived on that size.” Paul Christophe is therefore at the head of a flash mission to determine the number of people affected by this system and find the best possible compensation for them.

The French concerned could always redeem their years but, for Paul Christophe, “it is almost financially inaccessible”. With Capital, he nevertheless recommends “transforming the law to allow this activity to be recognized as a pension, with a minimum, of course, since there are no contributions opposite. We must also be careful not to not favor one type of internship over another”.

Paul Christophe intends to complete this parliamentary work before the break of December 17 in the National Assembly, because, “the goal is to put elements on the table so that the government can seize it within the framework of the announced reform”, concludes it from the site. The future retirees concerned will therefore have to be patient in the coming months.