New agreement signed with all the unions concerning training and compensation for employees affected by short-time working
PSA Peugeot Citroën and its French unions (CFDT, CFE/CGC, CFTC, CGT, FO and GSEA) have signed an agreement concerning training and compensation for employees affected by shorttime working as part of the new accord with the French State concerning long-term reduced hours arrangements. The agreement guarantees payment of 75% of an employee’s gross salary for unworked days (equivalent to around 90% of net salary), continued employment for the individuals concerned and the organisation of training courses during unworked periods.
The agreement was made possible by the accord signed with the French State in August 2009 on the use of reduced hours beyond the period authorised under the short-term working arrangement. Known by the French acronym APLD and valid for a maximum period of 12 months, this type of accord is designed to help companies dealing with periods of long-term underemployment. It will be applied in Group plants that have implemented short-term working.
For the duration of the accord with the French State, the agreement calls for:
Guaranteed payment of 75% of an employee’s gross salary (or around 90% of net salary), no matter how many days are unworked.
A freeze on the unworked hours (H-) tally.
The possibility for employees to top up their compensation by drawing on their overtime or leave hours.
These measures build on the agreement of 10 April 2009 by offering the possibility of training employees during short-time working, notably through the “Lean 70h” programme. Employees who agree to undergo training receive 100% of their net compensation, without losing any overtime or leave.
With these solutions, all of the employees concerned by short-time working have a way to receive 100% of their net salaries.
By deploying this agreement in plants that have implemented short-time working, PSA Peugeot Citroën is reaffirming its priority commitment to preserving employment and to preparing the future through employee training.