Education. “We don’t want Blanquer anymore”

Great was the wrath of the education world as a whole before the presidential election, after five years of brutal and massively rejected reforms. However, Emmanuel Macron’s project for the school has been known since 2017, and completing its implementation is clearly part of the roadmap for this new five-year period. He is about to leave “much stronger and much farther on a number of issues”, of which education is a part, announced, from the morning of April 25, the outgoing government spokesman, Gabriel Attal. Some would also see it fixed soon on rue de Grenelle, where he has already held the post of Secretary of State for Youth, from 2018 to 2020 …

“We need more consultation and listening, after five years of authoritarianism and lack of dialogue”answers Isabelle Vuillet, co-secretary general of the CGT Éduc’action, who would not necessarily have a bad vision of dealing with “someone more flexible and open”. It’s at “a change of method” especially what Guislaine David, a Snuipp-FSU spokesperson, is asking for “Teachers are not fooled: it will be very complicated for five years”. “We don’t want Blanquer anymore”immediately asks Jules Siran, of SUD Education, who recalls “the violence of anti-union repression” under the latter and warns: “This must stop.”

Revaluations under conditions

Basically, some files are likely to arrive very quickly, in the summer. This is certainly the case with the issue of remuneration, which everyone considers central. Candidate Macron had robbed teachers of advertising “pact”, in which substantial revaluations could be obtained in exchange for acceptance of “new orders”. A “new world” version of the old motto “Work harder to earn more” of Nicolas Sarkozy, on which the candidate pretended to return in the interval between the two rounds, evoking an unconditional 10% increase … before his own campaign team specified that this figure was only an order of magnitude and that the proposal would affect staff. at the beginning of his career. Short: “Not clear”concludes Isabelle Vuillet, for whom “This is conditioned on additional missions, for staff who already work 42 hours a week on average according to official data: this is not possible.”

Nor is it possible for Guislaine David to separate this issue from that of the attractiveness of the profession: “The number of contestants has become a disaster this year. Among the teachers who are anticipating their retirement, those who are leaving the profession, those who are resigning, we will be without teachers for years to come! » For her, a “Real recovery for everyone” is essential, while 50% of teachers have not seen the color of those implemented by Jean-Michel Blanquer, along with a reduction in the number of classes for all levels, and not just for CP and CE1 of priority education .

The promises of the consultation “close to the ground”in the words of Gabriel Attal, they hardly impress. “It simply came to our notice thencomments Jules Siran, there is nothing to expect, on the contrary, as it runs the risk of provoking an explosion of national executives. “ and therefore inequality. The same goes for Guislaine David, who remembers it “The Grenelle McKinsey Experience” “where in fact the staff was left out.

“A big step back”

On the contrary, concerns about the autonomy of the establishments and their competence or the desire to end the single school to return to the differentiated education of the 5i, “A big step back” according to Isabelle Vuillet, they are not weakening.

But could the real casus belli be caused by the return, as early as this summer? – Pension reform. “Hands off pensions”warns Jules Siran. “Nobody wants it! It would be too much, “ for Isabelle Vuillet, who sees the possibility of a convergence of struggles, while Guislaine David warns: “What we did on January 13th we can reproduce. » That day, let us remember, the almost unprecedented mobilization in its magnitude and the diversity of the personnel affected, from the inspectors to the AESH, had forced the government to sit at the negotiating table. 1er Next May could offer the opportunity for the first intersindications. “The discontent expressed during the presidential election will not diminish.” concludes Jules Siran.

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