Covid-19: the government will set up assistance for precarious workers, announces Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne

A “exceptional help”. On the eve of Jean Castex’s press conference, which should clarify the easing of the confinement announced Tuesday, November 24 by Emmanuel Macron, the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, announced a boost for precarious workers who were working “significantly, even if they alternated periods of work and unemployment” before the Covid-19 crisis. The minister wants to guarantee “a minimum monthly replacement income,” she said in an interview to be published Thursday in The echoes.

This individualized assistance and paid by Pôle emploi should concern “approximately 300,000 people, including 70,000 young people” and “its payment will last while the labor market stabilizes”, she adds. Emmanuel Macron had announced a “exceptional response” for “the seasonal workers, the extras who have no longer hired for months, the precarious who worked in previous years, but no longer find jobs”. He also mentioned “young people who cannot find a student job or a first job “, claiming that “the ‘one young person, one solution’ plan will be the subject of increased resources”.

On this point, the plan presented in July “deploys very well”, says the minister, who quotes in particular “128,000” intentions to use the bonus when hiring a young person (up to 4,000 euros) and “172,000 requests” aid in the hiring of an apprentice (5,000 euros for an apprentice under 18 or 8,000 euros for a major), hoping “break the record” contracts signed in 2019.

On the support of partial unemployment, the rules of which must become less favorable on January 1, she indicates that “businesses that are administratively closed will continue to benefit from full support, with no time limit”, and evokes other “adjustments” possible. As for teleworking, which since the end of October has been “Rule” in companies that can, she says “the sanitary protocol concerning companies will continue to apply in its current terms until the Christmas holidays”.

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