In a forum, deputies and senators protest against a transfer to Urssaf of contributions from Agirc-Arrco. Critics of the measure fear that the funds of the best managed funds will be used to feed deficit plans.
By refusing to cancel its plan to transfer Agirc-Arrco contributions to the Sécu, the government chooses to “use the coffers” of the main French supplementary pension scheme, say fifteen parliamentarians in a column published on October 29 on the website of Sunday newspaper.
“To persist on this project which is of no real use for our fellow citizens would be a major political fault”, write these 14 deputies and senators, including the Republicans Bruno Retailleau and Philippe Juvin, the centrist Valérie Létard, the socialist Jérôme Guedj, but also a elected from the Renaissance presidential party, Nicole Dubré-Chirat.
Contributions from the private sector, soon under the control of the State?
All denounce the programmed transfer of the collection of contributions from Agirc-Arrco (more than 87 billion euros this year, deducted from 25 million private sector employees and donated to 13 million retirees) to Urssaf, which ensures the Social Security cash.
“The State is giving itself the means to monopolize the heritage of more than 50 million French people and 2 million companies”, insist the elected officials. Contributions, to which are added the tens of billions of reserves accumulated by this scheme which, as the signatories of the forum remind us, “for 75 years […] has always been in balance, without a euro of debt”.
Beyond the only contributions, the provisions constituted by the surplus pension plans arouse greed. The fear, for those who warn against the “capture” by the Sécu of revenue from complementary schemes, is that it will be used to feed deficit schemes.
“The subject is to capture the 80 billion euros in annual resources, plus possibly the 60 billion euros in Agirc-Arrco reserves. There is no other argument than that today” affirms to Capital Brigitte Pisa, vice-president of the board of directors of Agirc-Arrco. For the latter, “we are stealing the retirement of the French”.
A measure denounced by the CGT at the Médef
The reform, voted at the end of 2019, was to come into force at the beginning of 2023, despite the unanimous opposition of the social partners, from the CGT to the Medef.
The government has just postponed this deadline for a year, by an amendment to the Social Security budget adopted in favor of a first 49.3 on the “revenue” part of the text, thus avoiding a heated debate with deputies who had voted a pure and simple repeal in committee.
A dodging that will be impossible for him in the Senate, where the bill will be examined from next week. With the same arguments: “Source of complexity and increased costs”, this project creates “the risk of irreversible errors in the calculation of the pension rights of each of our fellow citizens”, estimate the signatories of the forum.
With this “new step towards the nationalization of social protection”, the State is “choosing the easy way out in the face of the persistent deficit in the social accounts”, they add, “by making de facto use of the coffers of a well-managed regime.