Thursday, January 20, as part of a new day of mobilization against unworthy working conditions, the lack of resources and health protocols in education and contempt for the government, educational assistants in Toulouse schools were striking.
This mobilization follows a historic strike day in education on Thursday January 13, the trigger for which was the disastrous health protocol of Blanquer announced – from Ibiza as revealed from Mediapart – the day before for the next day in a paying article from Le Parisien. It is also the consequence of the growing place and visibility of the AED within the mobilizations of national education, and this since last year. Far from being limited to the sole question of the health protocol, this mobilization illustrated a much deeper anger of the teachers against the damage to education and public service and the chaotic management of the health crisis by the government.
A hundred strikers and supporters gathered in front of the Toulouse labor exchange to discuss the consequences of the mobilization. On this occasion Alberta, activist at Révolution Permanente, student and AED striker, returned to the importance for workers to put in place their own health protocols in the face of the insufficient and disastrous protocols of Blanquer “There are a lot of things in reality, if we manage to discuss and organize ourselves within the establishments, that we can implement. » Of course, these protocols could only be effective and dignified working and study conditions by extracting more means for public services. “Obviously they must not be detached from a fight for more means for public services, even including showing clear support for the mobilizations that there have been in health, since it is the same lack of means”
Finally, while first- and second-line professions are suffering, in addition to exposure to the virus, from the increase in prices and the stagnation of wages, she returned to the need to link the in national education to the demands of the inter-union mobilization on January 27 for a wage increase. “I think we have to link our fight for the defense of public services and more resources to an overall fight for higher wages”
A call for mobilization on the 27th shared by the strikers and supporters gathered, which shows a desire of this sector to converge against the policies of destruction of the public service and precariousness of the workers expected in hand by the government and the employers.
During the GA, Franck, AED and present during the mobilizations since last year, also recalled the growing threats that exist on precarious staff on strike in education. “The first pressures from the management come on precarious staff. Let’s not forget our one-year fixed-term contracts and the risk of not being able to be renewed next year if we point out too much. Also referred to as AED requisitions […] there is a message that has been sent to our establishments which are ready to requisition AEDs to stop and break the strike to leave the boarding schools open. »
We must build a real battle plan by the 27th in this sector very present in the mobilizations of national education and on the front line of the consequences of the catastrophic management of the health crisis in secondary schools. The economic situation of AED, AESH, contract workers and other precarious national education workers must be put at the center of the fight against the government and Minister Blanquer.