France - Plans to cut down employment benefits highest income groups - February 28, 2019

The government wants to cut down employment benefits for the highest income groups. Unemployment benefits in the country are normally negotiated with trade unions and constitute on average 68% of a worker’s previous wages. This means that if highly paid workers lose their job they can get unemployment benefits up to 7700 euro a month. The average amount of unemployment benefits, however, lies around 1200 a month. The government defends its plans to reduce the amount of employment benefits by comparing the countries’ policies with other OECD nations than on average pay only 56% of the last earned wages in employment benefits. With the new austerity plans the government wants to save up to 3.9 billion euros over three years.

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