School strike: 75% strikers and half of schools closed on Thursday, union says

By Manon C., Cécile D. Posted on January 12, 2022 at 11:28 am

The SNUipp-FSU union, which launched the call for a national strike last week, has already forecast that 75% of primary school teachers will be on strike this Thursday, January 13, 2022, and that half of the schools would be closed.

One protocol stricter, the return of distant, weekly preventive saliva tests … Teaching unions of primary and nursery schools shout their fear of Covid and their anger at a minister who “has lost all legitimacy, by his words and his actions. “ Also the union SNUipp-FSU, the first primary school union, had he called for national strike, scheduled for January 13, 2022, quickly joined by most of the other teachers’ unions, SE-Unsa, Snes-FSU, Snalc, CGT Educ’action, SUD Education, FO and the Sgen-CFDT.

“As expected, the epidemic situation reached peaks of contamination. The Minister of Education, for his part, continues to make the choice to keep schools open ‘whatever the cost’. (…) The minister boasts of keeping schools open to dress his political choices as make school a daycare, to allow parents to go to work, in defiance of the staff health, that of children and their families. It’s just no longer possible. “ revolted the SNUipp-FSU in one communicated published this January 7.

The union is calling on teachers and education staff to strike “to put an end to contempt and lies and to bring the conditions of a safe school under Omicron” and claims “the return to the protective rule ‘1 positive case = closure of the class’, the isolation of intra-family contact cases, a policy of systematic weekly preventive saliva tests. ”

This Tuesday, January 11, 2022, the Snuipp-FSU has already planned that 75% of primary school teachers are said to be on strike and that the half of the schools would be closed this Thursday. “This historic mobilization by its magnitude over the last twenty years is not ‘a strike against the virus’ but illustrates the growing fed-up in schools” wrote the union, using the words of Jean-Michel Blanquer who had declared, that very morning: “You don’t go on strike against a virus.”

And the union to continue : “Not only the current protocol does not protect students, staff and their families but moreover it completely disorganizes the school. Thus, contrary to repeated government claims, it is not the school that is open but a form of ‘daycare’. Under the current conditions, the pupils cannot learn correctly, their number being very fluctuating and hybrid teaching between face-to-face and distance learning impossible to implement. ”

The union also emphasizesthe non-replacement of sick teachers which becomes untenable “, announcing put “everything is done so that the government finally hears the anger of the staff. After January 13, if necessary, new unitary mobilizations in the face of government contempt will be organized, for the school health security and the necessary recruitment of personnel. This staff anger is not a cyclical epiphenomenon but takes root both in incapacity coupled with incompetence to manage the health crisis at school and also more generally in the educational policy driving for five years which destroys the school and despises the staff.”

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