TUCs, also called community works, were subsidized jobs in the 1980s, intended for young people when they were unemployed. At that time, France was experiencing mass unemployment, which had a strong impact on young people. To remedy this, the government of the time had decided to create subsidized jobs, the TUC, “collective utility works”. In this way, between 1984 and 1990, hundreds of thousands of unemployed young people were offered part-time internships in public services or associations. However, these periods are still not taken into account in the calculation of retirement today, but the pension reform should change this error as of September. Decryption.
Currently, former TUC beneficiaries, often employed under renewable contracts, have never been able to take advantage of these periods to contribute to their retirement pension. Indeed, nothing had been put in place so that these remunerations could give rise to quarters of retirement with, in advanced cause, too low contributions paid by the State. Therefore, former TUC, united in a collective, decided to act to move this situation forward.
The average number of TUC beneficiaries is estimated at around 1 to 1.5 million people, which gives rise to legitimate debates on the non-recognition of these periods of work. In order to appease this subject, the deputies proposed that the State agree to recognize its error by giving quarters of pension assimilated to all the injured parties. However, it seems complex, in this context, to identify precisely all the people concerned, especially since the pension funds lack information.
This is one of the good news associated with the pension reform: TUC beneficiaries will be able to obtain the quarters due following these periods of work, after long years of complaints and requests. Employees who have completed 50 days of collective utility work will therefore be able to benefit from a quarter.
It will be possible to combine several quarters and reach the figure of 4 retirement quarters for the realization of the TUC. It is the entry into force of the pension reform, scheduled for September 1, which will determine the means of recovering quarters, as well as the steps to be taken.
To fairly compensate the former beneficiaries of the TUC, the deputies thus imagined that each person could provide proof of a TUC or similar contract. In this case, it could also be possible to provide a certificate signed by a former colleague or a former boss. People who no longer have original contracts in their possession could thus see their procedures facilitated.
In the perspective where the device could be spread over 40 years, it would represent 0.07% of the annual amount of retirement expenses. Depending on the appeal rate, it would thus amount to a sum ranging from 350 million euros to 3.5 billion euros. Thanks to this positive change, the pension reform could therefore make people happy from the start of the next school year.