Signature of an agreement on the recognition and development of trade union career paths in the insurance sector
The French Insurance Federation (FFA) and four trade unions – CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC and UNSA – have signed an innovative agreement on the recognition and development of trade union career paths in the insurance sector, with the aim of ensuring the conditions exist for the sustainable development of the presence and activities of trade unions within the industry.
In the context of the transformation of employee representative bodies resulting from the ordinances on the strengthening of social dialogue (known as the “Macron ordinances”), the FFA and four trade unions have signed a sector-specific agreement that recognises and develops employees’ trade union career paths and makes involvement in a trade union within companies more attractive.
Among other things, this agreement proposes a knowledge base and tools to inform company-level collective bargaining: a competency framework, a description of the mechanisms for training and development of competencies, a list of certifications of competencies and training associated with the exercise of a trade union role, a model form for the interview held on taking up the role, etc.
The agreement also makes it possible to assess more objectively the competencies acquired by an employee in the exercise of their trade union role so as to better develop those competencies during their career.
In addition, it seeks to increase communication, information and training on social dialogue, as well as on the role of employee representatives in their interactions with the company’s managers and all its employees.
While some companies have already put measures of this kind in place, the signatories are now inviting all companies in the sector to do so.
According to the FFA’s President, Florence Lustman, “This agreement represents real progress as it makes involvement in a trade union more attractive at a time when social dialogue is more necessary than ever to the performance and growth of companies and the welfare of their employees”.