“Everything increases, except our salaries! “: several thousand private sector employees, civil servants, retirees or high school students demonstrated Thursday in France to demand wage increases. A few weeks before the presidential election, the question of purchasing power is at the top of voters’ concerns.
Some candidates also went to the processions on Thursday to make their voices heard alongside the demonstrators. And many have already made their salary proposals known. We take stock.
All the programs have not yet been revealed, but many presidential candidates have already expressed their interest in purchasing power, at a time when polls put voters’ concerns at the top of the question of the power of ‘purchase.
A minimum wage of €2,000 net for Arthaud (Lutte Ouvrière)
Present in the processions this Thursday, Nathalie Arthaud wants a minimum salary of 2,000 euros net per month. The Lutte Ouvrière candidate also wants wages to be indexed to inflation.
A minimum wage of €1,500 net for Jadot (ecologist)
The environmental candidate Yannick Jadot was also present alongside the demonstrators on Thursday. He wants to bring the minimum wage to 1,500 euros net by the end of the five-year term, in 2027. As a reminder, the monthly net minimum wage is around 1,269 euros on January 1, 2022.
It also proposes an average increase of 20% of salaries in National Education. Other proposals could follow: Yannick Jadot must present his program this Saturday, January 29 in Lyon.
A minimum wage of 1,400 net for Mélenchon (LFI)
He also took to the streets, the candidate of rebellious France Jean-Luc Mélenchon wants a monthly minimum wage of 1,400 euros net per month.
A general salary increase for Roussel (LFI)
Demonstrating this Thursday, the communist candidate Fabien Roussel declared: “We want a ringing and stumbling salary. A question he discusses at length in his program. In particular, he wants an increase in the minimum wage to 1,923 euros gross, 1,500 euros net as soon as the government is implemented.
He also pleads for a general increase in salaries, a 30% increase in civil service salaries, as well as an increase of at least 30% in the index point in the civil service.
In addition, he wants the return of the primacy of the branch agreement over the company agreement and will prevent a professional branch from deciding on a minimum wage threshold below the minimum wage.
A doped minimum wage for Hidalgo (PS)
The Socialist Party candidate wants to boost the minimum wage by 15%, an increase of 200 euros net per month. The mayor of Paris also wants to regulate high salaries, with a maximum difference of 1 to 20 in a company, by fully taxing sums above this ratio.
It also offers to start the career of a school teacher at €2,300 per month. However, it did not specify whether the amount was gross or net.
Increase of 10 in net salaries for Pécresse (LR)
The candidate Les Républicains wants a 10% increase in net salaries, within the limit of 2.2 Smic, by transferring old-age social security contributions to companies.
The president of the Ile-de-France region also wants to increase the salaries of teachers.
Rise of the minimum wage to €1,400 net for Taubira
Candidate for the Popular Primary, Christiane Taubira has already presented several measures related to purchasing power. She wants to increase the minimum wage to 1,400 euros net per month.
The former Keeper of the Seals also wants an immediate conference on low wages, under the authority of the Head of State. Companies that refuse to negotiate and increase remuneration would no longer receive public aid and would no longer benefit from exemptions from social security contributions.
Wages against exemptions for Le Pen (RN)
The candidate of the National Rally proposes to exempt from employers’ contributions companies which will increase by 10% the salaries of their employees who earn up to three Smic. However, she did not specify whether it was a net or gross minimum wage.
Indexation of salaries to prices for Poutou (NPA)
The candidate of the New Anti-Capitalist Party wants an immediate increase in wages and their indexation to prices in the private and public sectors. This Thursday morning on Twitter, he also announced that he no longer wanted a net income below 1,800 per month and an increase of 400 euros in all income.
General salary increase for Philippot (Les Patriotes)
Former member of the National Rally Florian Philippot wants a general salary increase, but has not yet detailed this part of his program.
Increase for the Smic for Zemmour (Reconquest)
The far-right candidate of the Reconquest party Eric Zemmour is proposing an increase of up to 100 euros in the wages of workers receiving the minimum wage.
Increase the gross minimum wage by 24% for Asselineau (UPR)
The candidate of the Republican People’s Union proposes to increase the gross minimum wage by 24% over the five-year term. François Asselineau also wants to review the pay scale in the public service.