Strike of January 13: These angry teachers demonstrated for the first time

EDUCATION – It took the Covid-19 crisis and the proliferation of health protocols and announcements to push these teachers into the streets for the first time.

Thursday, January 13, a mass strike and protest movement marched thousands of teachers and educational staff to cry out their anger. In the crowd, Then24 went to meet those who had never gone on strike, who had never demonstrated before in their career (see the video above).

Among the reasons for their unusual mobilization, the management of the epidemic and “contempt” for the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer come first. And in addition to this, all the dysfunctions that the health crisis has exacerbated for two years.

“The situation is catastrophic and it is deteriorating, so if there is a demonstration to be made, it is now”, testifies Chloé, teacher in Seine-et-Marne. “We were aware of the inequalities but this is the first time that we really have a feeling of revolt that we say to ourselves: if we do not come, we will blame ourselves for not having come”, explains Dylan, supervisor. in Sevran.

“It has become unbearable”

Health protocols have become very complicated to manage. “It’s just unbearable to go to school with a bowel movement, wondering when are we going to have to call all the parents, so that they come to pick up their children”, underlines Charlotte, teacher in CE2.

The form of the announcements of the various health rule changes also convinced some to demonstrate. “We are constantly forced to adapt, forced to read“ Le Parisien ”to find out what will happen tomorrow at the start of the school year …” smiles Eddy, a PE teacher in Sevran.

Carole, a teacher in the Val-d’Oise, carries a sign where it is written: “Positifs au mépris”. “In addition to being positive for the coronavirus for many like me, who caught the coronavirus at school, at college, she explains, we also have the contempt for our minister that we have to face.”

According to initial figures from the ministry, more than a third of teachers were on strike. For SNUipp, the main union in nursery and elementary schools, 75% of staff are on strike, and one in two primary schools was closed. For its part, the Snes-FSU, the first secondary union, announced 62% of strikers in middle and high schools in France.

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