2 February 2024

The teachers’ unions announced on Monday March 6 that they had left the negotiating table on the “pact” part of the increase in teachers’ salaries, denouncing “an increase in the workload of the personnel”. “The organizations FSU, Unsa Education, SGEN-CFDT, Snalc and Sud Education left today (Monday) the meeting dedicated to the pact »writes the inter-union in a joint press release.

This was the second meeting on the “pact” part, which notably provides for new missions for teachers. The FO and CGT unions had already left the negotiations in January. Among the additional tasks envisaged are missions “related to short-term replacements”or others guidance and support for students.

Criticized by the unions during the first meeting, the ministry advanced on Monday a modulation of the “pact” with three units of 1,250 euros, up to a “pact” at 3,750 euros gross increase per year. But it must necessarily include certain missions such as short-term replacement in the second degree and hours of deepening and support in maths and French for pupils in 6e in the first degree, as part of the recent reform of the college, we specify rue de Grenelle.

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“Teachers don’t want to work more. The hours they currently spend at work are already skyrocketing. We cannot ask them for compensation and especially not in the context of this gas plant”, annoys Guislaine David, general secretary of the SNUipp-FSU, the first primary school union. For Catherine Nave-Bekhti, Secretary General of SGEN-CFDT, “the proposals on the ‘pact’, it’s like on pensions, it induces an increase in work, without taking into account the real work already done and the experience at work”.

The conclusion meeting, scheduled for March 13, postponed

The consultations on the increases in teacher salaries promised by President Emmanuel Macron resumed in January, after a first phase in the fall. Two meetings were held in January and February on the “base” (unconditional) part of the increases, in parallel with the meetings on the “pact” part (linked to new missions), the most contested by the unions. “It is not insignificant that all the unions are leaving this meeting. We have never had any illusions about this “pact” but the additional workload that is proposed is much too heavy, it is not”says Sophie Vénétitay, general secretary of Snesup-FSU, the first secondary school union.

Unions say they have “confirmation that the pact is an instrument that in no way meets the expectations of colleagues and the needs of the school. Far from contributing to the revaluation expected by all, the pact will lead to an increase in the workload of staff. No response is provided on the issue of gender pay inequalities: the pact will even worsen these inequalities, it is unacceptable! “.

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Finally, according to the unions, “the pact will considerably degrade the functioning of schools and educational establishments”. They say they demand “an ambitious revaluation without compensation for all staff”. The conclusion meeting of these consultations on the upgrading of the teaching profession was scheduled for March 13. This calendar will be shifted, without a specific date at this stage. The ministry says “don’t despair of making improvements”recalling that he wishes “a consultation with the strongest possible support and not a signed agreement”.

The World with AFP

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