Vigilant but not hostile at this point. Most unions and employers are in this state of mind, after having read the proposed law (PPL) on health at work, tabled on December 23 by the deputies of La République en Marche (LRM). The parliamentarians behind this text had affirmed their desire to transpose into law the provisions of the national inter-professional agreement (ANI) that the social partners had finalized, two weeks earlier, on the subject. This is why the reaction of the representatives of employers and employees was watched with interest: do they find that the initiative of the majority group in the National Assembly respects the text which they have drawn up, almost unanimously, on their side?
Elected from the North, Charlotte Parmentier-Lecocq was one of the main linchpins of the PPL, with the help of her colleague from Meurthe-et-Moselle, Carole Grandjean. Their goal is to transform an occupational health system deemed to be at the end of the line: shortage of doctors specializing in this discipline, insufficient coordination of the multiple players involved in the system, insufficient coverage of the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), etc.
One of the main ideas of Mmy Grandjean et Parmentier-Lecocq is to initiate a “Co-constructed, beyond partisan interests”, as indicated in the explanatory memorandum to the proposed law. LRM parliamentarians as well as the social partners share the desire to focus on preventive actions and to strengthen cooperation between occupational health services and the public health system.
The legislative text therefore incorporates the innovations introduced by the ANI: establishment of a “Prevention passport” certifying that the employee has followed training in occupational health, creation of “Cells” responsible for avoiding “Professional withdrawal” … In some respects, the PPL goes further. An example: to promote the exchange of information between occupational physicians and town physicians, the former will be able to have access to the employee’s shared medical file.
Lack of ambition
Several unions believe that the bill reflects “The spirit of the ANI”, according to the formula of Catherine Pinchaut (CFDT). It is, however, a ” impression ” after a first scan of the text: some points need to be “Verified”, in the eyes of the cédétiste manager, in particular on the training offered to elected personnel when they are reappointed.
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