SLIDESHOW. General Secretary Frédéric Souillot inaugurates the new FO premises in Montauban

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The general secretary of Force Ouvrière was in Montauban, this Wednesday, May 1, to inaugurate the new premises of which the union, which brings together 1,200 members in Tarn-et-Garonne, is now the owner.

This Wednesday, May 1st will remain forever engraved in the history of the departmental union of Force Ouvrière (FO). While comrades from other trade union organizations were pounding the streets in Montauban, FO activists had to “drop out” of the demonstration to attend the inauguration of their new premises at 72 avenue Gambetta. After the ouster of the unions from the Maison du peuple, FO mobilized, from the grassroots to the national level, to acquire property of which it is now the owner. And which is well established.

“We’re at home here!” »

To celebrate this event, the big boss Frédéric Souillot made the trip. “It’s the end of moving and the consequences of the town hall’s policy that kicked us out. We were here yesterday, we are here today and we will be here tomorrow. Because here, we are at home! », Launches the general secretary of FO to an assembly inevitably won over to its cause.

Frédéric Souillot reported having discussed with an advisor to Gabriel Attal on the importance of the People’s Houses and the Labor Exchanges.
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At Eliane Teyssié, secretary of UD 82, the emotion is palpable. Without the financial assistance of the confederation, also represented by the treasurer Patrick Privat, this real estate purchase would certainly never have been possible. “We are very happy and I would like to thank the confederation which stood as guarantor but also all the activists mobilized around the internal subscription and the work. The comrades can be proud of the result! »

For Frédéric Souillot, this problem surrounding the provision of premises to trade union organizations is not just a Montalban issue. “This is the consequence of the decentralization and ‘decentralization’ laws: it is a question of resources for the Departments and Cities. And in this search for savings, wherever we can cut, we do so,” analyzes the general secretary of FO who had an exchange on the subject with Gabriel Attal’s social policy advisor. “I made it clear to him how important it is to preserve all these People’s Houses and Labor Exchanges while the government is talking about social dialogue. »
In this context, it is difficult not to mention the reform of unemployment insurance which crystallizes a number of tensions, in Montauban as elsewhere.

The work on the new premises was carried out by union activists.
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Eliane Teyssié alongside her predecessors Guy Gleizes and Michel Coulom.
Eliane Teyssié alongside her predecessors Guy Gleizes and Michel Coulom.
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“47% of unemployed people receive compensation”

“Each time the government, notably Bruno Le Maire, has had a superb idea on this subject, it is for more precariousness and fewer rights for job seekers. Reducing compensation and extending the duration is a mistake. You should know that only 47% of unemployed people receive compensation because the others have expired or have not contributed enough. Certainly, some switch to RSA but with €540 net monthly, we cannot survive! Two years ago, with Elisabeth Borne, we used the term ‘countercyclicality’. Which means that when growth increases, compensation falls and vice versa. However, currently, economic activity is slowing down but this principle is not yet applied. I add that we are talking about an increase in job offers that are not filled but in 2019, there were 390,000 compared to 407,000 today. There is therefore no real subject, especially since it mainly concerns partial contracts and/or unattractive sectors,” explains Frédéric Souillot, during an interview carried out on the sidelines of the inauguration. And for salaries, No. 1 of Force Ouvrière is just as clear.

Patrick Privat and Frédéric Souillot have given their agreement to act as guarantor for the loan taken out by UD 82.
Patrick Privat and Frédéric Souillot have given their agreement to act as guarantor for the loan taken out by UD 82.
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“We are in negotiations on the subject every week. We need a general increase now! I would also like to point out that on pension reform, we are the only trade union organization to go as far as the Council of State and the Constitutional Council. »

This time, the impatience of the activists is felt. Éliane Teyssié kept the secret well by discreetly installing a commemorative plaque which was unveiled by Patrick Privat and Frédéric Souillot in a packed room. “I’m a little moved, it’s the first departmental union that I’m inaugurating,” smiles the general secretary. So I say it again: we should never leave Montauban. »

Without telling anyone, Eliane Teyssié had a commemorative plaque installed which was unveiled by the two personalities of the union.
Without telling anyone, Eliane Teyssié had a commemorative plaque installed which was unveiled by the two personalities of the union.
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