The first primary union, the SNUipp-FSU, estimated, Tuesday, January 11, that 75% of primary school teachers would be on strike and that half of the schools would be closed on Thursday, as part of a national mobilization against the health protocol implemented in schools.
“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 in a press release. SNUipp-FSU denounces “Deteriorating working conditions” and “The permanent lies of the Minister of Education”, Jean-Michel Blanquer, who said Tuesday morning that“We don’t do[sai]t not a strike against a virus ”.
Monday evening, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced a relaxation of the health protocol in schools. Three simple self-tests for contact cases at school, without obligation of antigen test or PCR, are now required. “Not only does the current protocol not protect students, staff and their families, it also completely disrupts the school. Thus, contrary to repeated government claims, it is not the school that is open, but a form of “nursery” », denounces the SNUipp-FSU.
2% of primary classes closed, according to Jean Castex
According to the union, “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 SNUipp-FSU also points “The non-replacement of sick teachers, which is becoming untenable”.
So he says he “Will do everything in its power to ensure that the government finally hears the anger of the staff. After January 13, if necessary, he will propose new unitary mobilizations in the face of governmental contempt, for the health security of the school and the necessary recruitment of personnel ”. “This staff anger is not a cyclical epiphenomenon, but takes root both in the inability coupled with incompetence to manage the health crisis at school and also more generally in the educational policy conducted for five years which is damaging school and despises the staff ”, assures the union.
Mr. Castex reported 10,400 closed classes, or 2% of primary classes, Tuesday before the National Assembly. Jean-Michel Blanquer announced Tuesday morning 50,000 cumulative cases of contamination among the 12 million students in France.
Up to 80% of strikers in Seine-Saint-Denis
Majority in the primary, the SNUipp-FSU launched last Friday a call for a national strike for January 13, in order to“Obtain the conditions of a secure school under Omicron”. It was joined by most of the other teachers’ unions: SE-UNSA, SNES-FSU, Snalc, CGT Educ’action, SUD Education, FO and SGEN-CFDT.
In Seine-Saint-Denis, the SNUipp-FSU even predicts that 80% of primary school teachers will be on strike. “No, Minister, 80% of colleagues from Seine-Saint-Denis are not on strike against a virus, but against your contempt”, he wrote in a press release.
“In the Seine-Saint-Denis department, more than one in two schools will be closed this Thursday, January 13. For two years now, we have been calling for protective measures (CO sensors2, surgical masks, FFP2 masks, air purifiers, etc.), additional staff, to help teachers exercise their profession ”, he continues, asking “Immediate responses to secure schools”.
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Education: 75% of strikers and half of schools closed Thursday, according to the main primary union