Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hidden Benefit of Reform

Political scientist Christophe Bouillaud, in a rather bilious note on retirement reform, nevertheless sees a hidden benefit. The elimination of early retirement will, he believes, create greater solidarity between young and old workers and do away with the "divide-and-conquer" option of attempting to reduce youth unemployment by easing older workers out of the workplace:

Je vois toutefois un avantage paradoxal à ce recul de l’âge de la retraite. Plus les salariés voient ce seuil s’éloigner d’eux, plus l’espoir d’une échappatoire à leur condition actuelle leur échappe, plus cela tendra à réunifier les différents âges du salariat. Depuis je ne sais combien de temps, lorsqu’il est question en France de diminuer les effectifs, il est question de « mesures d’âge ». Avec une retraite qui s’éloigne dans les brumes de la vieillesse, cela ne sera plus possible, cette façon de diviser le salariat en tranches d’âge aux destins différenciés va devenir impossible.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't really get it. Is he saying that within families there'll be greater solidarity, or that companies won't use the young and the old(er) as variables as much?
I don't see how he can extrapolate upon either but I'm afraid I don't understand what he's saying?

Also, this interview with Prof.Ashkenazy from CNRS in Les Echos (an economics paper) which I find cautiously optimistic in the long run but terrifying in the short run:
http://www.lesechos.fr/economie-politique/france/actu/020881916278-philippe-askenazy-la-reforme-des-retraites-tres-rapide-va-creer-un-choc-sur-le-marche-du-travail-.htm
MYOS

JimB said...

As a 61 year old, I find it hard to accept that "les brumes de la vieillesse" start at 62. At least, I sure hope not...