The CEO of RATP, Catherine Guillouard, justified Thursday her salary increase of 12.5%, after being stopped by a trade unionist during a visit to a maintenance site, in a tense social context. “Do you find it normal that the president of the RATP (63,000 employees, 5.6 billion euros in turnover), the remuneration had not been reviewed since 2010, earns less than the boss of Keolis “, a public transport subsidiary of the SNCF, defended Ms. Guillouard.
Arriving in 2017 at the head of the RATP, following Elisabeth Borne entry to the government, Ms. Guillouard was renewed this summer for five years. On this occasion, the State increased its annual fixed salary by 50,000 euros, from 300,000 to 350,000 euros. Adding the variable compensation of up to € 100,000 (linked to the company's performance), the total increases from € 400,000 to € 450,000 – the ceiling for public companies – or 12.5% rise.
“The remuneration of the CEO of RATP is totally public and sticks to what is practiced in public companies in general,” said Secretary of State for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, who came to meet the wage earners as negotiations prepare for pension reform. During the visit of the Paris metro train maintenance site, Ms. Guillouard was stopped by a CGT delegate, Frédéric Carru, asking for explanations on her salary increase.
“I hope that for us too the wage negotiations will be the measure of your increase,” he said. Asked by AFP, RATP pointed out that the remuneration of the CEO had not been revalued since 2010 and was below that of equivalent positions.
The company also pointed out that RATP agents had received an average of 30% increase since 2010. Last year, the average increase in agents reached 2.7%, according to the human resources department. Since the presentation in the spring of a “performance plan” that provides for the elimination of about a thousand jobs – without dismissal – the social climate is tense within the Régie autonome des transports parisiens.
The discontent was fueled by the government's pension reform project. Several unions of the company, opposed to this reform, decided to launch an unlimited movement of strike from December 5th.