The French Supreme Court stated in a case dated of February 4th, 2009, that when freelance journalists (“pigistes”) fulfill the seniority conditions to obtain a seniority bonus, their wage tally with the professional qualifications have to be increased regarding to this bonus.
In this case, a freelance journalist claimed for a back seniority bonus and related days off, by enforcement of the articles 22 and 23 of the Professional Journalists National Collective Agreement.
The Court of Appeal confirmed by the Supreme Court, considers that, regarding to the collective agreement provisions, wages increased by a seniority bonus constitutes the minimum amount that anyone must receive for one month period of normal work.
The seniority bonus only constitutes an increase of the minimum guaranteed wage and not a bonus added to the wage, never mind its amount.
No matter if the wages are not wholly less than the minimum wage (SMIC) or the minimum tariff of the freelance journalist piecework.
Frédéric CHHUM / Anissa YEFTENE