While the government has abandoned a good part of its ambitions in terms of workforce reduction, the Minister of Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, has announced to the unions 5,775 job cuts at Bercy between 2020 and 2022. The tax authorities and customs are engaged in a profound transformation, while the “spoil system” is in full swing for directors of administration.
If there should only be one left … While the diet of the state workforce has gone out of fashion in the government since the crisis of “yellow vests”, Bercy nevertheless continues to play the model student in matter. The Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, received this Tuesday the unions of his ministry to announce to them the future trajectory for his services: they should lose 5,775 jobs between 2020 and 2022, which would lead to a total of 10,000 job cuts over the five-year term.
Suffice to say that Bercy was asked to assume two-thirds of the State’s workforce reduction effort over five years, the ambition of which was revised downward in July from 50,000 to 15,000 jobs in less. “We are going through extensive restructuring, and we have a little the impression of being the only ones to whom this regime applies”sighs a trade unionist.
In fact, the stronghold of public finances is not spared by changes, at all levels. Emmanuel Macron regrets in the spring of not having obtained a French “spoil system”? The message was heard by Gérald Darmanin, who has just renewed in six months the management of three of his main administrations: the departure from Customs of Rodolphe Gintz (former budget adviser to François Hollande), last week, thus follows the change of boss in July of Tracfin (the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing service) and the arrival of Jérôme Fournel – former chief of staff to the elected representative from Tourcoing – to the tax administration (DGFIP) in May. It is hardly that the direction of the budget – held by Amélie Verdier, former comrade of Emmanuel Macron’s promotion at the ENA – not to have changed its mind.
The changes are also being felt at the other levels of the Bercy liner. The rationalization of the networks responsible for collecting taxes will lead to vast transfers of missions from Customs to the tax authorities. As a result, probably a few hundred job cuts. “The work is underway when we may be faced with a ‘hard Brexit’”, regrets a trade unionist.
Big bang in sight in tax collection
In addition, the tax authorities are engaged in an overhaul of their treasury network. A new map was unveiled last June, and is the subject of a consultation. Admittedly, the ambitions have been revised downwards compared to the first project of the summer of 2018. But some of the treasuries will nevertheless be converted into a “France service” house where citizens can access several public services, while the contact could also be done by permanence in town halls or post offices.
Tax officials must also manage the generalization of dematerialization for payments (cash will be collected only by tobacconists for amounts less than 300 euros), and will have to adapt to the end of the declaration of tax on the income for part of the taxpayers. In addition, the General Directorate of Public Finances was asked to set an example for the deconcentration of State services in the regions. Denouncing a lack of resources and job cuts, the tax unions have called a strike for September 16.