the teachers shouted at their tiredness

January 21, 2022 |

Contaminated children, disoriented parents and breathless teachers… were the areas of the national strike on Thursday January 13, 2022. In all, 75,500 people mobilized in France against the waltz of health protocols in education. primary and secondary. The CFTC returned to this strike at unprecedented magnitude.

For two years now, education staff have faced an increase in health protocols that are often difficult to apply. Until then, the faculty has remained in any way to deal with the Covid-19 crisis and the running number of contaminations in the establishments. But for most of them, the “coup de grace” was given last week in the form of three health protocols to be implemented in just a few days.

Faced with this tenth news from the Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports, Jean-Michel Blanquer, the national strike is the answer. An unprecedented strike, historic though, we read in the press: half of the schools closed, heads of establishments, academic inspectors, parents and students as supporters of the movement, three quarters of teachers striking and among them, CFTC union teachers from the public and private sectors. Their purpose: to challenge the management of the health crisis in schools, of course, but also to launch an important beacon call to shed light on their working conditions.

National education: measures of anger

Following the final changes to the school health protocol revealed to the media by Jean-Michel Blanquer on Monday January 10, relations, already strained, have deteriorated between the national education staff and his ministry. Teachers described a gap between official announcements and the reality on the ground. Philippe Lehericey, deputy secretary general of the CFTC National Union for Public Education and Research (CFTC-Epr) and director of primary education, said he would find it difficult to maintain good governance in his establishment if fellow teachers, were positive on Covid -19, no. can be replaced within a few days, but that their students should be welcomed into the school, while avoiding mixing students of different classes.

We still find ourselves in impasse, complicated legal imbroglio. What will you do with these students? We are asked to come up with a solution if it is still a matter of public health and safety, he said.

Education staff also criticized official communication for ignoring social actors: “ We noticed [la CFTC-Epr, Ndlr]like other unions, such communication goes more through the press than through unions Philip continued. Same thing in private. Asked on the morning of the 6-9 France Bleu Pays Basque, Rudolph Cassaro, Béarn delegate for the National Union of Christian Education (Snec-CFTC) stated on the morning of the strike day: “ We don’t have a minister who doesn’t consult with actors affected by the health crisis and doesn’t pay attention to the day-to-day operation of schools. What happened at the start of the school year in January was the straw that broke the camel’s back in the midst of a pandemic. We regret the lack of preparation and, above all, the improvisation of the steps announced. “.

National education: required

So a general was fed up, because of the working conditions and the lack of communication between the ministry and its employees, expressed by the education staff during their tenure. ” I rubbed the shoulders of classmates, from my school and so on, I rubbed the shoulders of the parents of the students. They are tired and so is the hierarchy. “Said Philippe Lehericey. And in placards and press releases they expressed their disappointment and their demands, both for two years: CO2 sensors in classrooms, surgical masks or even FFP2, substitutes, protocols that took into account the facts of land, respectful communication.

But beware, for Philippe Lehericey, it’s not a question of “competing for the fight” or cornering the government, but of trying to find a solution. As a CFTC representative, he saw open and peaceful dialogue as a necessary tool for the crisis: ” The management of this pandemic is complicated. We cannot deny. However, if the government joins unions and listens to parent associations, perhaps things will be smoother. he was frankly confessing. What education staff want is clear and simple solutions to the problems of their daily lives: ” We are on strike because we are tired of dealing with the proximity and urgency of public safety and health issues. “, Philippe insisted.

National strike on national education: what’s next?

After several strikes on January 13, several announcements were made:

  • nearly 3,300 recruitments [contractuels, assistants d’éducation et personnels d’appui administratif pour les responsables d’établissements scolaires, Ndlr] ;
  • 5 million FFP2 masks and 70 million surgical masks;
  • a two-week update between the Minister and trade unions on the state of health.

For Annie Toudic, president Snec-CFTC, the representative bodies of private education under contract have every interest to be invited, also facing the waltz of health measures. Asked about the second strike action planned yesterday, Thursday, January 20, the vocational high school teacher considered that the modes of action, other than demonstrations and strikes, were likely to get other improvements.

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