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Possible legal action

Wage agreement: CGFP criticises “malicious misunderstanding”



The CGFP and its president, Romain Wolff, don't exclude the possibility of taking legal action against the government.  (Photo: Matic Zorman)

The CGFP and its president, Romain Wolff, don't exclude the possibility of taking legal action against the government.  (Photo: Matic Zorman)

The civil service confederation CGFP (Confédération générale de la fonction publique) could launch legal action against the government because of a difference in the interpretation of the latest wage agreement.

The national committee of the CGFP announced that a "malicious misunderstanding" on the part of the government regarding the latest wage agreement could have legal consequences.

On 4 March this year, a wage agreement covering the years 2021 and 2022 was signed between Marc Hansen (DP), minister for the civil service, and the Civil service confederation. The CGFP renounced a linear increase for civil servants, due to a general economic uncertainty. as well as the seriousness of the situation regarding the fight against the pandemic in Luxembourg.

This renouncement was welcomed by all, but perhaps “misinterpreted” by the government, which had relied on a wage agreement with the civil service union that did not include a structural financial increase for civil servants.

For the CGFP, this "malicious misunderstanding" by the government appears to be absolute nonsense, and it has decided to commission a law firm to look into the matter. Moreover, from the union's point-of-view, the fact that it has given up the benefit of a linear increase in March does not mean that it has refused to accept a general salary increase in specific areas of the civil service.

The CGFP's lawyers seem to have come to the same conclusion as the union, and an initial legal notice has been sent to the government. Pending a reaction, the CGFP does not rule out legal action to settle the difference in interpretation.

The government, which has already been heavily criticised regarding the implementation of CovidCheck in companies, is once again faced with the unions' discontent.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.