It is an almost unanimous vote. The Senate voted overwhelmingly, on the night of Friday to Saturday, to double the paternity leave from 14 days to 28 days, of which 7 become compulsory. This flagship measure of the Social Security’s draft budget for 2021 was voted by 341 votes in favor, two against and one abstention.
Secretary of State Adrien Taquet, responsible for Children and Families, said he was “proud and happy” to have carried “to the end” a “strong commitment” from President Emmanuel Macron. Voted without changes compared to the text adopted on first reading by the National Assembly, this measure, described as “historic reform” by the member of the government, is due to enter into force on July 1. The three days of birth leave will always be paid by the employer, and the remaining 25 days will be compensated by Social Security.
The republican disowned
“Many questions remain unanswered”, declared Philippe Mouiller (LR), stressing that “the LR group“ would have liked to amend ”the device. “We were not heard”. All the amendments of the senators of his group which would have resulted in reducing the scope of the measure were indeed finally withdrawn or rejected.
Frédérique Puissat thus withdrew an amendment which provided that the system only applies to employees holding a CDI or CDD of a minimum of 6 months in the same company. “You can sometimes swim against the tide,” she said, saying “this article is probably welcome but not at this time”. The “highlight” of the text is not this measure, but the “50 billion euros deficit” of Social Security, she insisted. “What worries the population is will our social systems hold up “, She again declared, when other speakers defended” a societal advance “.
“Moments of fatherhood are unique moments”
The Senate also rejected (130 votes for, 203 against) an amendment by Chantal Deseyne, co-signed by the leader of senators LR, Bruno Retailleau, aimed at returning to the compulsory nature of the first seven days of leave. “It was important to open the debate,” she said. According to her, compulsory leave can be complicated to implement in some companies, especially very small businesses and SMEs. “It is a question of organization and anticipation”, retorted Adrien Taquet, stressing that the compulsory nature would make it possible to fight against “phenomena of self-censorship”.
“Indeed, work is very important […] but the moments of fatherhood are unique moments, we never catch up with them, while the work can be done later, ”said Elisabeth Doineau (centrist), rapporteur for the family branch. “We want to end the model Mr. earns bread, we want to finish with the model Madame housewife », Launched, on the left, Michelle Meunier (PS).
The Senate must complete the examination of the articles of the Social Security financing bill this Saturday and will rule on the entire text on Tuesday.
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