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Covid: “we must speed up” teleworking, says Borne

The Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne leaving the Elysee Palace, December 15, 2021 in Paris Ludovic MARIN

The Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne, on Wednesday called on companies to “accelerate” the use of teleworking in the face of Covid-19, asking them to prepare “from now” to “strengthen” it at the start of the school year with a target of 3 to 4 days a week.

“It is clear that with the situation, we must accelerate, strengthen teleworking (…). I ask companies to prepare now to reinforce teleworking at the start of the school year, therefore on January 3, with a target of three days minimum for positions which allow it, or even four days when possible “, declared the minister on Europe 1.

At present, the company health protocol provides that “employers set, within the framework of local social dialogue, the methods of recourse” to teleworking, adding that “in the context of an epidemic recovery, the target must be to two to three days “per week.

Emphasizing the “consensus” with unions and employers on the need to accelerate teleworking, the minister also noted that the Harris Interactive survey conducted regularly by her ministry shows that “nearly 60% of employees who can easily telework ( …) did so last week, on average three days a week “.

It also noted that the controls of the labor inspectorate “are reinforced”, returned to “a rate of 5,000 controls per month”.

According to the survey carried out for the Ministry of Labor, among workers who can telework easily and who worked from December 13 to 19, 58% teleworked at least partially (62% in Ile-de-France), including 18% full-time . They were 53% the week of November 29 to December 5 (compared to 70% from November 2 to 8, 2020).

Among working people who teleworked, the average number of days was 3 days, compared to 2.9 in the week of November 29.

The survey was conducted online from December 15 to 19 with a sample of 2,019 people representative of French people aged 18 and over, among which 1,166 active workers are represented.

Ms. Borne also confirmed that the government was not planning to include the corporate health pass in the initial draft law on the vaccination pass.

But, she added, “we do not know what the situation will be in 10 days and the possible measures that we should have to take, so I wish to continue the exchanges” with the employers ‘and unions’ organizations and ” we will see if parliamentarians consider it relevant to introduce by amendment “.

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