Between 3,000 and 5,000 demonstrators responded, this Tuesday, October 5, to the call of the trade unions CGT, FSU, Solidaires and FO. Salaries, purchasing power, public service, jobs and working conditions made up the bulk of the demands.
“We do not need to go to the prefecture, we have already told the government everything,” lamented, this Tuesday, October 5, the secretary general of the CGT of Haute-Garonne Cédric Caubère, leading the procession.
The motivation is still there for this social re-entry desired by the main trade union centers, CGT, FSU, Solidaires and FO – the first post-Covid -, perhaps more seven months from the presidential election of 2022.
Salaries, hiring, working conditions, pensions, national education, defense of the public service, the list of demands is long.
“Send a message to the government”
Between 3,000 (police figure) and 5,000 people (union figure) walked the boulevards of downtown Toulouse, from Place Arnaud Bernard to the Monument aux Morts.
In the motley procession, which set off under a fine rain, many professions represented: social workers, Airbus employees, railway workers, educators, Telecom employees, agents of the Primary Health Insurance Fund (CPAM) , hospital staff, teachers, early childhood staff, nursing homes, all with the desire to “send a message to the government” on the purchasing power at half mast.
“We also come to talk about the lack of personnel in the nurseries, this is the case with us in the Bourrassol district,” explains Christelle, childcare assistant. On a difficult month’s past ”. The public service is also on the menu of the demands of the employees of the city of Toulouse and Toulouse Métropole, the FSU in the lead.
“We are here to denounce the lack of staff, the freezing of the index point, of purchasing power, it’s been more than ten years that it is like that, says Zouaouia, head of FSU 31 and employee of the community. Retirement people are no longer replaced, there is a lack of personnel. On the hiring of more and more contract workers. “
“We are suffering from increases in the cost of living”
Near Zouaouia, Corinne, a colleague admits, after “35 years as town hall” as a specialized regional agent for nursery schools (Atsem), receiving “a salary of 1,700 euros per month”. She is worried about the supervision rate (one adult for fourteen children) which will be implemented from next January in the extracurricular in Toulouse.
The Toulouse railway workers also say they are “in solidarity with French employees in their demands on working conditions and purchasing power”, assures Laurent Saint-Supéry, secretary general of the CGT railway workers 31.
And to add: “It has been seven years since railway workers were increased and like everyone else, we are suffering increases in the cost of living. Today, it is the occasion to be heard, especially on the question of employment: the SNCF cut another 2,500 jobs this year, including a hundred in Toulouse between the various public limited companies ”.
In the street, also employees of the CPAM, reassembled. “We had to endure the Covid-19 crisis, we found ourselves with more and more work, without more staff, there are 1,200 in Haute-Garonne, that’s not enough, deplores Stéphanie Bessiere , general secretary of the CGT CPAM. Given the scale of the work and the health crisis. This is to the detriment of benefits for the insured who, obviously, are not happy ”.