Elisabeth Borne started again. On Monday, November 21, 2022, the Prime Minister activated Article 49.3 of the Constitution, engaging the responsibility of her government on the third part of the Social Security budget, in new reading in the National Assembly.
The adoption of this bill should have several consequences and one of them concerns the transfer of supplementary pension contributions from Agirc-Arrco private sector employees to Urssaf.
This transfer was initially scheduled for January 1, 2023. On the Urssaf side, everything was already planned and it had to be done in two stages. Indeed, it is the transfer of the collection of contributions from companies with 250 employees that was to be done from the beginning of next year. For the rest, this was to continue on January 1, 2024.
For the social partners, this amendment was a source of concern. Both employers and unions have repeatedly called for the cancellation of this decision. In their eyes, this could cause errors, because the verification between the contributions paid and the rights acquired at retirement might not be as reliable as it is today.
Monday, November 21, the government finally decided to take note of these concerns. The reform has not been abandoned, but in the amendment adopted thanks to 49.3, this transfer has finally been postponed, and will therefore not take place on January 1, 2023. But when will this major change happen? does he?
With the rewriting of the third part of the Social Security financing bill, the reform contested by the social partners will be postponed to January 1, 2024. This decision comes “in order to secure the conditions for the success of this transfer and to meet the demands expressed by certain social partners”, one can read in the text of the amendment.
Thus, the government is choosing patience and wants to be reassuring. “The partners on whose behalf Urssaf collects the contributions must have sufficient guarantees as to the completeness and accuracy of the contributions collected on their behalf”, is it also written in the statement of the reasons for the amendment, as noted by our colleagues from Capital.
By postponing this reform, the government wanted to reach out to the social partners. Indeed, since the beginning of November, parallel consultations have been held on the future pension reform, to which the unions are particularly hostile.
“This postponement also aims to prioritize pension reform in the context of discussions with the social partners and to prevent any other subject, even disconnected, from interfering with the consultations in progress”, specifies the amendment.