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HQ-Status Wages: Five Unions Sign Understanding with Management
On Monday April 11th, management and the CGT, SNJ, FO, CFDT, CFTC and SAJ trade unions formally agreed on the following points of understanding (minutes de discussion) concerning pay and conditions for headquarters-status staff at AFP.
Following the agreement, a general assembly held at AFP headquarters on Tuesday April 12th decided, with only two abstentions and no votes against, to suspend the call for a 12-hour strike.
The following is an English translation of the text [with elements of background added by the SNJ].
Formal Minutes of Understanding Signed on April 11, 2005
As a result of the talks between management and the joint unions, the negotiating parties agreed on the following points:
- The value of the wage "basis point" [used to calculate headquarters-status salaries] to be increased by one percent [backdated] as of February 1st for all staff categories.
- The said basis point to be further increased by 0.3% as of July 1st
- The remainder of the annual branch-level increase awarded by the Paris Press Employers’ Association [Syndicat de la Presse Parisienne, or SPP] for 2005 to be applied two months ahead of time at AFP
- Staff categories who were awarded a pay rise of 0.8% as of March 1st to be given a corresponding catching-up increase [backdated] as of February 1st
- The negotiating parties agreed to open talks on the career plans for the staff categories of press employees and journalists
- The negotiating parties agreed to review the pay and promotion structure for members of the administrative white-collar employees (cadres administratifs) category during the early stages of their careers
- The negotiating parties agreed to review the advantages provided for journalists on postings both outside France and in French provincial bureaus, especially as regards housing, accounting for "RTT" days off [the "Time-off accumulation accounts", or comptes épargne-temps, provided for under the reduced working week arrangements], as well as wages and career progression.
CGT-SNJ-FO-CFDT-SAJ Trade Unions
11 April 2005