2 February 2024

“Are you up for the demo? » For a quarter of an hour, Laura (the people cited by their first name only wished to remain anonymous), teacher, and Amina, mother of students, have been discussing the pension reform, when the question arises. Amina does not promise to participate in the new mobilization day, scheduled for Thursday, April 6. ” It’s the first time we’ve talked about this with the teachers.”explains this mother of three children.

Tuesday, April 4, the two women meet for an unprecedented “school vigil” on the forecourt of the Ahmed-Litim school group, in the very impoverished 3e district of Marseilles. From a distance, the gathering looks like a mini-fair. Colorful carpets on the ground on which the children play, tables with snacks and drawing workshops, and, in small groups, parents and teachers who discuss. The operation is intended to be informal and convivial. Imagined by the inter-union education of Bouches-du-Rhône, it quickly found an echo among teachers wanting to register their opposition to the pension reform in the long term, without multiplying the days of strike. This Tuesday, after the end of classes, around twenty “school vigils” are held throughout the department. Including a dozen in Marseille.

“Leave no one behind”

“We wanted to create a space for collective discussion to debate the substance of the reform but also the need for joint mobilization. The idea is to involve the parents of students more actively alongside us,” indicates Virginie Akliouat, secretary of the SNUipp-FSU 13 union which, like the CGT, SUD-Education, Second Degree Workers Force or the CNT, provides logistical support for the vigils.

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“Some parents are lost. We had to explain to them why we continue to strike when the reform has passed”, complete Doriane Dosso, 35, kindergarten teacher, non-unionized. Came to pick up her daughter Kellyssa, 7, Mbathia Gueye, agrees: “The little ones are disturbed… And we are trying to understand what is going on. »

“We also had to tell them that it’s not over at all”, continues Mickaël Bregliano, 39, SNUipp delegate from downtown Marseille, who has been on strike for more than ten days since January. In a notebook, under the announcement of his upcoming absence on April 6, a student mother wrote to him: “I understand, but it’s starting to get a lot. »

On the forecourt, there are as many teachers as parents of students. About twenty on each side, from schools in the neighborhood – Busserade, National, Pommier… Since Friday, March 31, teachers have been distributing leaflets. In French, of course, but also in Malagasy, Arabic and Turkish. “To leave no one behind”, explains Laura. In neighboring schools, parents were even provided with a map to join the meeting. But this Tuesday, few stop. A school nurse in a downtown college, Isabelle Astier quickly picks up her daughter. She does not stay but gives her feeling: “Hold on! » “In my establishment, the mobilization against the reform is always strong. A solidarity fund for striking teachers worked well”she says before spinning.

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