This agreement reflects new legislation enacted in 2017 that has transformed the legal framework governing employee representation, mandating the creation for reasons of simplification of a single body called the Economic and Employee Relations Committee (Comité Social et Economique or CSE), which combines the prerogatives of the former Works Committee (Comité d’Entreprise or CE), Employee Delegates (Délégués du Personnel or DPs) and Work Health and Safety Committees (Comités d’Hygiène, de Sécurité et des Conditions du Travail or CHSCT).
After the successful negotiations, this new legal framework has been adapted to CNES’s procedures and the new Economic and Employee Relations Committees (CSEs) and Central CSE (CSEC) will be in place no later than 16 April 2019.
CNES and all union organizations represented at the agency have decided to go further than the legally mandated requirements by setting up a new Work Health and Safety body called the Commission Santé, Sécurité et Conditions de Travail or CSSCT at its field centres with fewer than 300 employees. The agreement also provides for the possibility of setting up temporary CSSCTs. This could be done notably for a specific project involving a higher level of risk and calling for stronger preventive measures.
A regular meeting schedule has been drawn up to optimize how the Central CSE and local CSEs work together. To this end, the agency’s BDES economic and employment database has been simplified and adapted to users’ needs.
After the signature of the agreement, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “This agreement between CNES and the union organizations represented at the agency illustrates the high level of social dialogue in place for many years now at CNES and is testimony to the maturity of its people in adapting to the shifting socio-economic landscape and ensuring that it remains a cutting-edge institution.”