LIVE – Strike in schools: Prime Minister Jean Castex will receive the unions of education personnel in the afternoon, announces Matignon

3.30 p.m .: Prime Minister Jean Castex will receive union organizations representing national education personnel at the end of the afternoon, the day of a massive strike to protest against the waltz of health protocols linked to the Covid-19 epidemic.

The Prime Minister “responded favorably to the request for an audience which was made to him by the trade unions representing the personnel of the national education”, indicated Matignon. The meeting will take place at the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports, in the presence of Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. The Minister of Solidarity and Health Olivier Veran, who has just tested positive for Covid, will also be connected by videoconference.

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14h24: Paris, Lorient, Nantes … Demonstrations are taking place (or have taken place) in many French cities to denounce the waltz of health protocols linked to the Covid-19 epidemic

13h34: Update on what we know at midday

“Ras-le-bol”: teachers and other staff of National Education, exasperated by the waltz of health protocols linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, participate in a massive strike Thursday, with half of the schools closed according to the first primary school union. Nearly 38.5% of teachers are on strike in kindergartens and elementary schools, according to the Ministry of Education, while the SNUipp-FSU, the first primary union, announces 75% of strikers. One in two primary schools is closed, according to SNUipp-FSU. It is “not a strike against the virus but it illustrates the growing fed-up in schools” according to this union, with reference to the words of the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, who had spoken of a “strike against the virus”.

In middle and high schools, 23.7% of teachers are mobilized, according to the ministry, while the Snes-FSU, the first secondary union, announces 62% of strikers. “The strike is in the majority and shows strong anger in the educational community,” said the union. All of the teachers’ unions, which have joined in particular, rarer, the inspectors of National Education or the heads of establishments, called for strikes and demonstrations during the day, denouncing “an indescribable mess” due to health protocols. “There is too much mismatch between the given constraints and the reality on the ground, everyone is exhausted,” Patrick Roumagnac, secretary general of the National Education Inspection Union (SI. IN UNSA, majority).

The Parisian procession, in which the left-wing presidential candidates should take part, will leave at the beginning of the afternoon from the Luxembourg Palace, in the direction of the Ministry of Education. In Clermont-Ferrand, a procession provided, of 1,200 people according to the prefecture and 1,500 people according to a union, started around 10:30 am, with signs calling for the resignation of the Minister of Education. “Against this virus, I am going on strike because I attest on my honor to be poorly paid and to be despised by my minister”, one could read under a photo of Mr. Blanquer.

In Rennes, 4,500 demonstrators according to the organizers, 2,200 according to the police, left the city center to go in front of the rectorate, with slogans such as “My sign is rotten, your protocol too” or “Renew the air, transfer Blanquer “. “I am on strike because I want to give meaning to my job,” Margot, head of a nursery school in Rennes, told AFP. “There I find myself doing a lot of administration, mistreating children, abandoning my students in class, having to justify protocols to families in which I do not believe. It is time for that to stop”. In Marseille, where the posters “closed school” were numerous on the doors of establishments, the morning procession counted 2,200 demonstrators according to the police headquarters. The lack of resources was highlighted on the signs: “less contempt, more resources”, “Blank you want a nurse” or “order, order, disorder”.

11:52 a.m .: According to the Ministry of National Education, there are today 31.07% of striking teachers. In detail: 38.48% for primary teachers and 23.73% for secondary teachers.

11:00 am: 62% of middle and high school teachers are on strike today, according to SNES-FSU union

10h52: Since 2000, the strongest mobilization in education dates from May 13, 2003, when teachers went on strike to protest against François Fillon’s pension reform. The strike rate had then reached 74% in the first degree, 70.5% in college, 65% in general and technological high school and 62.2% in vocational high school.

“For many years, we have not seen such a compact and unitary set of unions, both primary and secondary, but also management,” explains education historian Claude Lelièvre in an interview with Liberation. “It is quite exceptional. From this point of view, this day and this call are obviously historic”.

10h45: The mobilization promises to be massive: teachers, exasperated by the waltz of health protocols linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, are called to a strike on Thursday, which should lead to the closure of half of the schools.All the teachers’ unions have called a strike in schools, colleges and high schools. They denounce “an indescribable mess” in schools – and in particular schools – because of the Covid-19 epidemic and health protocols.

“The government announces things, but we do not think about what this means for the personnel on the ground: it is hellish what we are asked and therefore it is going to ruin”, testified this week Olivier Flipo, director of a school in Val-d’Oise.

According to forecasts by Snuipp-FSU, the first union in primary education, 75% of primary school teachers may not pass through the school gate on Thursday, half of which should therefore be closed.

The union organization evokes “a historic mobilization by its magnitude over the last twenty years”. It is “not a strike against the virus but it illustrates the growing fed-up in schools,” said the union, referring to the words of Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, who had spoken of a “strike against the virus”.

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