why the strike on Thursday 13 January has great support from the unions

Due to his reservation duty, he does not want his name to be disclosed. This Thursday, this official, responsible in his constituency for the training and inspection of about 200 teachers, will take part in the strike. “We are in a situation where the management of reality is almost impossible. The ministry’s instructions put everyone, the educational community, parents, in tension or even panicking. They change often and are partially inoperative. Certainly the context is very difficult, everyone is aware of it. But all too often, the government and the minister announce decisions without the means to implement them on the ground. The flagrant example was the PCR tests required by the protocol last week. As inspectors, we are called by overworked school principals, and we don’t always know what answers to give. »

The frames too

Like him, some of the National Education directors should be present at this Thursday’s processions, it’s weird. Several unions of inspectors support the movement. The main union of directors, the SNPDEN, also supports this day of action, lamenting “too complex protocols”, without necessarily calling on its members to stop work: “The health situation and the responsibility of the management of the Teams can question our ability to go on strike, it is up to each of us to assess the opportunity.Symbolic actions such as a message at the doors and offices, or joining a demonstration, after having ensured the security of the goods and the people of the establishment, can be adapted ”, writes, in its place, the SNPDEN.

The call for this national strike was launched last Friday, initially for schools, by the Snuipp-FSU, the majority in primary education, since a large number of entities have joined: SE-Unsa, Snes- FSU, Snalc, CGT Acció Educ, Sud. , FO, Sgen CFDT. “This historic mobilization for its magnitude over the last twenty years illustrates the plight of schools,” said Snuipp-FSU, which estimates that 75% of primary school teachers will go on strike. half of the schools could be closed ”.

Unions denounce insufficient means to deal with pandemic crisis. “We lack spare parts, CO2 sensors, surgical masks …”, laments Marc Vicieli, departmental co-secretary, in Gironde, of Snuipp-FSU.

Test race

Dissatisfaction increased with the protocol decided for the resumption on January 3. It was based on the multiplication of tests and the tracking of contacts to limit the closure of classes, and imposed a screening circuit: a PCR or antigen for all children in a class as soon as a positive case is discovered, then a self-test done at home. the D + 2 and the D + 4. Pharmacies and laboratories were raided. Many parents said last week that they felt like they were running after the tests. On Monday evening, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a relaxation of this framework: three self-tests are now enough for contact cases at school, without the need for antigen testing or PCR.

A ruling by Jean-Michel Blanquer on Tuesday also poisoned the most difficult relations ever with unions at the end of this term. “Don’t attack a virus,” he said. On Wednesday, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the executive was “very supportive” of his minister, with whom he was “moving forward as a pack” in the crisis.

CIPF support

On the part of parents, the FCPE also supports the movement: the federation has asked parents not to send their children to school. It is rare for a parent federation to explicitly support a strike. This position, however, is not shared by the Apel and the PEEP: in a press release, those responsible for the latter say “understand the difficulties and concerns of the staff of schools and educational centers. Parents are just as tired, but the school has to stay open. »

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