The 35-hour case tends to strain relations between town halls and the executive

Time is tightening and the debate is tense. Less than six months before the presidential election, the issue of working time for local officials is causing renewed nervousness between the government and its opponents. The law on the civil service of August 2019, which puts an end to all derogatory regimes, orders municipalities to impose thirty-five hours of weekly work on their employees. ” later “ 1is January 2022. The other communities, departments and regions have an additional year.

Many cities are already there. “About half” communities respect the 35 hours, declared the Minister of transformation and the public service, Amélie de Montchalin, Thursday, November 4, on Europe 1. The ” three quarters “ of those who are not there “Will apply it”, she continued. There is therefore a minority which seems determined to challenge the government on this issue.

Hidalgo “plays the watch”

Paris is the most emblematic case. The mayor, Anne Hidalgo, concocted a plan with the unions which plans to apply the law, while granting all municipal officials three days of RTT justified by the sursollicitation Parisian agents and the levels of noise and atmospheric pollution to which they are exposed. This plan, which the Paris administrative court suspended in summary proceedings, Monday, October 25, two key provisions, caused a new pass of arms between the candidate of the Socialist Party (PS) in the presidential election and the minister.

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Paris, lambasted Mme de Montchalin, Thursday, is “The only municipality which yesterday sent me a letter explaining that, court or not, they would not change anything”. Three days after the court’s decision, the mayor of Paris has, in fact, indicated to the prefect of Paris that “The programming of the next meetings of the Paris Council by the end of the year will not allow work on the subject to be carried out in satisfactory conditions”. These arguments, retorted the prefect, Marc Guillaume, on November 3, “Are not such as to respect this decision of the summary judge”, recalling that the city must “Respect this decision from 1is January 2022 ».

“I think that Anne Hidalgo is straying on a dangerous line which is not republican when one presents oneself to the highest responsibilities of the country”, commented the Minister: “There is a principle in the Republic, it is the law which must apply as long as it is not modified. “ The PS candidate “Play the watch, she lamented. She clearly thinks that the timetable for the presidential election will allow her to postpone a social dialogue which is necessary. “ Refuting the accusations of “Political justice”, she also mentioned “Justice that punishes mismanagement”.

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