Pays de Lozère: social workers continue to claim their right to Ségur

Some employees in the medico-social sector have not yet touched it.

“Contrary to what happened in the hospital public service, where the Ségur was applied to all employees, in the medico-social sector, this was implemented by sprinkling”, denounces the Departmental social action union. Force Ouvrière de la Lozère (Sdas-FO 48), during a press conference organized at their premises, at Clos du Nid, on Monday 14 November.

“Have been forgotten the technical agents, the secretaries, the cleaning staff, the cooks, etc., lists Pierre Bruel, departmental secretary of Sdas-FO 48. Yet these are people who work and make daily efforts for the residents. They manage all the logistics around the accompaniments.”

While social workers are gradually reaching Ségur, the “shadow” professions, which contribute to the proper functioning of establishments, are the great forgotten ones. “In addition, these people are often those with the lowest salary scales, which reinforces exclusion”, loose Pierre Bruel.

An unsuitable convention

In the Ségur promises mentioned by Jean Castex in November 2020, negotiations were to take place to obtain this bonus of €183 net monthly. Among the negotiations, the institutions of the social sector were to pass under a new agreement, called the single and extended collective agreement (CCUE).

But today, the establishments do not want to change it (they are under collective agreement 66, editor’s note). “We did not have negotiations, we are very clear, we do not want this CCUE, affirms Romain Richard, vice-secretary of FO and monitor-educator in a home of life in Lozère. that we won’t get. In twenty years, our point has increased by only 37 cents.”

When the first exchanges emanated, the Ségur had to be paid 80% by the State and 20% by the Department. “Now we are told about 30% from the State and 70% for the Department, comments Romain Richard. As a result, we are forced to knock on the door of the Department because it is the community closest to us. “

A gloomy climate

Between those who received the €183 and those who did not receive it, “the climate in many establishments is becoming unhealthy”, says Pierre Bruel. And this gloomy atmosphere has repercussions on the teams. “We see fixed-term contracts that affect the Ségur while permanent contracts do not even touch it”, indignantly a social worker.

Pierre Bruel adds: “This atmosphere means that there are a lot of departures, and we can no longer recruit”. A recruitment issue that is part of a much more important substantive subject.

A salary increase for work recognition

The Clos du Nid is not spared by the difficulties.

The same problem has arisen for many years: the salaries of social workers have been frozen for forty years. At one time, however, this salary was far from low. “When I was a monitor-educator, twenty years ago, I earned a better living than my father who worked at La Poste”, recalls Pierre Bruel.

So how do you explain that, with no increase since, this profession is no longer a reference in terms of remuneration? “The salary of the instructor-educator is capped at €1,200 per month, indicates Romain Richard. The difference is that before, the minimum wage was €900, so the instructor-educator earned a good living. Today, he finds himself at the Smic.”

And these salaries, which are not revalued, generate inevitable consequences: the shortage of social workers. Difficult recruitment For several years, the medico-social sector has been struggling to recruit. According to the interlocutors, “the main reason is too low a salary, which does not compensate for current inflation”.

Then follow, to fill, recruitment of unqualified people or apprentices hired who are not accompanied. “We no longer have a choice, explains an employee. We are asked to hold the helm but we are not given the means.”

All the social workers present on Monday, November 14 are demanding an urgent salary increase. “We’re going straight into a wall”; “Are we going to wait for it to happen to us like at the hospital to act?”

So much concern and anger that wells up in the room in the face of the lack of recognition of a “difficult job where you work every day, including weekends and with extended hours”, adds Romain Richard. While burn-out and institutional “mistreatment” descend, the social sector is sinking little by little into an impasse from which it does not yet see a way out.

Between 20 and 30% forgotten in Lozère

Segur. Lozère, a reference department in France for the associative and medico-social fabric, has no less than 5,000 employees. Among the latter, between 20 and 30% would not have touched Ségur, according to Sdas-FO 48. For example, of the 900 employees of Clos du Nid, the largest association in Lozère, 223 employees did not touch it . Those forgotten are, as stated opposite, the logistics managers, namely the cleaning, kitchen, secretarial staff, etc.

Demonstration. Since November 2020, the Sdas-FO 48 has undertaken around ten demonstrations to obtain the Ségur for employees. While some are still on the sidelines, the union plans to mobilize during the demonstration on November 24. They will join the interprofessional movement which aims in particular to demand an increase in wages.

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