A long-awaited measure in the industry. The agreement on higher wages in the hotel and catering sector, which the trade unions must sign by Monday January 17, should come into force at the latest at the beginning of February and pave the way for new negotiations on working conditions. .

“We signed the agreement on January 5,” said Stéphanie Dayan, the representative of the CFDT which weighs 30.94% representativeness. The initialing 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 16.33%” of the entire current salary grid. “We will not sign but we will not oppose”, indicates Stéphane Fustec (CGT, 36.27%), who regrets the minimal effort on the first levels.

More undecided, FO (26.57%) consulted its members. “If we do not oppose with the CGT, the agreement will pass automatically. It is this path which is taking shape”, summarizes its representative Nabil Azzouz. Otherwise, a 15-day opposition period will apply, postponing the entry into force of the agreement at the beginning of February. The choice of the CFE-CGC (6.21%), the last representative union, will have no influence. Opposite, the four employers’ organizations in the sector have lined up behind this proposal.

A 13th month, an increase in overtime…

The suspense being limited, the unions are now counting on the three meetings planned, between February 22 and the end of May, to improve the working conditions which are detrimental to the attractiveness of the branch. “We asked to integrate the 13th month, weekends, increased 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 system of overtime,” fears Ms. Dayan, more optimistic about the cuts and the sanctification of one weekend per month.

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

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

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

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