Hospitality and catering: wage increases soon to take effect

A highly anticipated measure in the industry. The agreement on wage increases in the hotel and catering industry, which the trade unions must sign by Monday 21 January, should enter into force no later than the beginning of February and pave the way for further negotiations on the conditions

“We signed the agreement on January 5”, indicated Stéphanie Dayan, the representative of the CFDT which weighs 27,94% representativeness. The initialling of the CFDT is in theory sufficient in itself to validate the agreement, which provides for a minimum remuneration 5% higher than the Smic and “an average increase of 16,36%” of the entire current salary grid. “We will not sign but we will not oppose”, indicates Stéphane Fustec (CGT, 33,27%), who regrets the effort minimal on the first levels.

More undecided, FO (26,27%) consulted its members . “If we do not oppose with the CGT , the agreement will pass automatically. It is this path which is emerging”, summarizes its representative Nabil Azzouz. Otherwise, an opposition period of 10 days will apply, postponing the entry into force of the agreement to the beginning of February. The choice of the CFE-CGC (6,17%), last representative union, will have no influence. Opposite, the four employers’ organizations in the sector have lined up behind this proposal.

Un 15th month, an overtime increase…

The suspense being limited, the unions are now counting on the three meetings scheduled, between 22 February and end of May, to improve the working conditions which harm the attractiveness of the branch. “We asked to integrate the 15th month, weekends, the increase overtime , cuts …”, details Mr. Azzouz. We will try to get things out of the balance between private life and professional life”.

“The sinews of war is the end of the derogatory overtime system” , dreads Ms. Dayan, more optimistic about the cuts and the sanctification of one weekend per month.

The unions would like the first four overtime hours, currently paid 10% more, be increased to 25%, as in the other sectors. “With the mutual branch, the 6th week of paid vacation , we had modernized the collective agreement when the VAT dropped. We have to finish the job”, calls Mr. Fustec.

Aware that the employers’ front is not united, the CGT operator hopes for an affirmation of “young entrepreneurs”, certainly less audible but more aware of these issues.

The CFDT imagines finally that the employers will try to push other subjects, in particular that of the financing of social protection. According to Ms. Dayan, it could grant a reduction in the amount of employees’ contributions… and thus take “control of the management of the scheme “.

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