The Ministry of Labor no longer hesitates to give the names of companies that are not playing the game in the banking sector: Crédit Agricole and Caisse d’Epargne, and the mutual insurance group Macif.
The government is stepping up the pressure on companies that do not use telework enough.
A few days ago, on BFM Business, Elisabeth Borne, Minister of Labor warned: “in each control we look at what is happening and if necessary we can sanction. I could go so far as to give the names. banking or insurance, globally companies can telework, I see that there are significant differences, some banks were at 80%, others at 60%. “
After a meeting with the banking sector on Friday, the minister went further by indicating that 52 formal notices had been issued by the Labor Inspectorate since October. Among the companies pinned and cited at this meeting: the banks Crédit Agricole and Caisse d’Epargne, and the mutual insurance group Macif.
The minister reiterated this message on Friday, with supporting figures, and called on her interlocutors to “step up efforts”, the ministry told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
“She said that companies that were the subject of formal notices must very quickly put in place corrective measures,” added the source.
The minister nevertheless indicated on February 11 that following a formal notice, “in 90% of cases, it is settled”. The ministry will thus continue to be vigilant and to report any shortcomings to companies in these sectors according to “weekly feedback” from the Labor Inspectorate.
According to the ministry, more than 16,000 inspections by the Labor Inspectorate have been carried out since the start of the year, across all sectors, relating in particular to compliance with teleworking and the health protocol. A detailed analysis of 1300 companies shows that “66% of these companies set up teleworking, including two thirds doing it on all of their teleworking stations”. “Others have been asked to strengthen teleworking,” according to the ministry.
More annoying, “of the 34% of companies which did not implement teleworking, more than half had teleworking positions. They were the subject of formal notices,” said this source.
Banks justify themselves
The French Banking Federation has once again highlighted the efforts of banks: “Today, banks are at very high levels of teleworking: in January, nearly 63% of the 360,000 employees in the sector are teleworking, with 25 % who telecommute all week, 27% who telecommute between 2 and 4 days a week, 11% who telecommute one day a week or less “.
“This figure of 63% is significantly higher than the national average of 21.2%,” she told AFP.
“By nature, recourse to teleworking remains limited in agency networks, both because of business continuity within agencies which are sometimes small depending on the region, and because of the security requirements specific to our businesses”, for its part explained the National Federation of Credit Agricole.
Macif has also put forward its goodwill, explaining that “almost 80% of the workforce (spread throughout France) is working remotely”.
“The employees of the agencies (who represent a little more than 20% of the total workforce) are essentially kept in work on site to allow the reception of members who travel”, she justified, recalling that “this activity has been recognized by the public authorities as (…) essential “which” explains the opening of the agencies “.
Elisabeth Borne will be the guest of BFM Politique this Sunday at 12 p.m.
Olivier Chicheportiche with AFP
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