Reducing the attractiveness of hourly compensation and upgrading the rate for hours worked at night and on public holidays: this is the astonishing solution offered by the Court of Auditors to settle the balance of police overtime.
The Court of Auditors sent Beauvau in October 2020 a summary made public on January 12, 2021 in which it considers the organization of police work “difficult to read and unsuitable” as well as “particularly expensive”.
The basic subject of this inventory is in fact the astronomical cost of the overtime worked by the national police, with a gigantic payment arrears which Christophe Castaner had started to tackle before being summarily disembarked from the Ministry of Interior in the summer of 2020. However, there are still 20 million additional hours to be paid by the ministry.
The judges of the Court seem to alert themselves in this document, as the newspaper notes The echoes, of the management of working time by the ministry: “The Court did not obtain a precise census of the cycles of work applied in the various directorates and territorial services of the General Directorate of the National Police.”
In addition, the Court of Auditors recommends “to stop granting new compensation mechanisms that feed the number of hours of rest.” However, this is, for Beauvau, one of the levers for negotiation with the police intermediaries.
Solution proposed by financial magistrates: encourage agents to be paid for their overtime rather than letting them accumulate rest rights by increasing the hourly rate for hours worked at night and on public holidays … an increase in sum or a “Pay rise”, as the newspaper puts it The echoes.