Angry clerks call for strike and ‘dead justice’ day for Thursday

“The staff work in conditions which are not worthy of a country like France,” explains the secretary general of Unsa Judicial Services.

The clerks are always “angry” and their main union called for a “dead justice” day on Thursday September 21, while negotiations with the Chancellery are failing on the number of clerks who will move to category A from 2024. “The staff are not recognized in their missions and work in working conditions which are not worthy of a country like France”Hervé Bonglet, secretary general of Unsa Judicial Services, explained to AFP on Tuesday.

In addition to the Unsa Judicial Services, the CGT Chancellery and Judicial Services has filed a strike notice valid until the end of October. As of this Tuesday, in Lyon, all correctional hearings, with the exception of immediate appearances, have been postponed to later dates due to the strike movement. At 2 p.m., around thirty clerks, dressed in their black dresses adorned with a red flap, as a sign of anger, lay down on the ground, in the hall of the Lyon judicial court, noted a correspondent from the ‘AFP.

Negotiations in progress

In Poitiers, clerks at the court of appeal gathered behind a banner: “Don’t ignore us, we won’t forget you.” Others posed in front of the judicial court of Chambéry (Savoie) behind the slogan in red letters “Angry Registrar”according to the court’s X account (formerly Twitter).

Contacted by AFP, the Ministry of Justice recalled on Tuesday that “discussions are underway between the management of judicial services (DSJ) and the trade union organizations, relating in particular to the index and statutory revaluation”after the spontaneous movement of June.

The negotiations “are not moving forward as quickly as necessary”nevertheless estimated Hervé Bonglet, recalling that the draft justice budget had to be finalized “next week”. The main demand of the majority union aims to obtain the transition of all clerks to category A of the public service, i.e. 10,000 to 11,000 people. If the principle of moving to category A, synonymous with better remuneration, is acquired, we do not know how many will be affected in 2024.

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