After-school strike: in Paris, no canteen from May 21 to 24 in several hundred schools

After-school strike: in Paris, no canteen from May 21 to 24 in several hundred schools
After-school strike: in Paris, no canteen from May 21 to 24 in several hundred schools

Thousands of Parisian parents will have to grit their teeth again next week and review their schedule. The ongoing strike of facilitators which has continued since November provides for a new mobilization of extracurricular staff from Tuesday May 21 to Friday May 24 in several hundred establishments in the capital. Thus, interclass and canteen services, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., will be very impacted in Parisian schools next week.

The latest movements, organized in November, December and January, had already been followed by more than 200 schools out of the 630 in the capital, recalls in a press release the inter-union SUPAP-FSU/CFDT, at the origin of the call for a strike. “Insufficient salaries, massive insecurity, hundreds of unfilled positions, non-compliance with legal rates for supervision of children, non-compliance with legal staff qualification rates, it continues and it cannot continue! », the unions are indignant.

To support their words, the latter shared on their X account a “revealing” survey, in their words, based on the responses of 220 city educational referents (REV) which would confirm the “urgency” of the situation. Among the telling figures collected, we note in particular that 91% of REVs say they are dissatisfied with their working conditions and that 58% of schools have five or more permanent temporary workers in the interclass.

A gathering of professionals concerned will also be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, on the square in front of Paris City Hall. Mobilization dates which are not chosen at random since the next Paris Council will be held at the same time.

Despite small significant advances in recent months – a few tenures and the increase in bonuses for certain “very targeted” agents – the SUPAP-FSU/CFDT inter-union says it is dissatisfied with the proposals made by elected officials Patrick Bloch (deputy at the mayor of Paris in charge of education) and Olivia Polski (deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of social dialogue and the quality of public service) following the last weeks of strike.

In order to “exercise [leur] profession in good conditions and to guarantee the safety of children”, the SUPAP-FSU and the CFDT, the majority unions in schools, calls among other things for the contractualisation of “thousands of temporary workers”, an increase in remuneration for greater attractiveness , dedicated and trained staff for the personal hygiene of children in kindergarten, the creation of specialized educator positions or even a significant number of permanent facilitators assigned to replacement brigades to compensate for absences.

“The City of Paris uses thousands of temporary workers on precarious contracts in its schools. The facilitators are constantly understaffed, there are no longer any staff to take care of the children’s hygiene and, where 80% of facilitators are qualified or in training, there are only 40 %”, already listed Nicolas Léger, co-secretary general of SUPAP-FSU, last January, highlighting in passing the suffering and exhaustion of the teams.

In addition to the demands expressed in the press release, the unions want extracurricular directors to move to category A and for the animators to receive the REP/REP + bonus.

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