Midwives: an agreement signed between unions and government for further wage increases

The negotiation is finally coming to an end. The government announced, Monday, November 22, the signing of a memorandum of understanding with a majority of unions in the hospital sector on midwives.

After “A long process of consultation”, the ministers of health, Olivier Véran, and of the public service, Amélie de Montchalin, as well as the Secretary of State in charge of children and families, Adrien Taquet, welcomed in a press release the “Important advances” of this document initialed by Force Ouvrière (FO), the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT) and the National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSA), on the employee side, and the Hospital Federation of France (FHF), on the employers side.

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“Net revaluation of 500 euros per month”

The memorandum of understanding notably includes a “Medical practice premium” of 240 euros net per month from February, then a salary increase of 78 euros net on average from March for midwives in public hospitals, whether permanent or contractual.

By adding these measures to the 183 euros decided during the Health Segur and paid monthly since the end of 2020, the government is highlighting a “Net revaluation of 500 euros per month”. An amount higher than the monthly 360 euros promised in mid-September by Mr. Véran.

Midwives in local authorities will also have a net salary increase of 78 euros from March. For those in the private sector, Social Security will finance revaluations up to the level of the public and an agreement with Medicare is targeted. ” before the end of the year ” for those who practice in liberal. The agreement also includes measures for career advancement at the hospital, such as doubling promotion rates until 2024.

The executive argues “A commitment of 100 million euros in 2022” and also agrees to extend the studies of future midwives, from five to six years, from the class of 2022.

“The government must not think that it is rid of the problem”

For two months, the profession has mobilized on the occasion of a day of demonstrations at the beginning of October – the sixth this year – and two strike weekends, carried by most of the trade unions.

However, the protocol does not satisfy all unions in the profession. A new “Black weekend” is scheduled from November 26 to 29, at the call of the National Trade Union Organization of Midwives (ONSSF) and with the support of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) which has filed a notice to cover the movement. Among the signatories, “We are not saying that it is sufficient, but it is a stage agreement which remains positive”, underlines Gilles Gadier (FO-Santé), who intends ” continue to work “ on the status and the workforce.

“We are going to sign because there is still progress, even if we remain unsatisfied”, also says Jean-Claude Stutz (UNSA-Health and social), believing that“The government must not think that it is rid of the problem”.

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Midwives: an agreement signed between unions and government for further wage increases