“We had no concrete commitment”, denounces the CGT Educ’action after a meeting with Minister Nicole Belloubet

Students, parents and education staff denounce the state of disrepair of several schools in the department. Unions are calling for a new strike on April 22.



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Teachers' unions demonstrated in front of Matignon on March 21, to demand resources for education in Seine-Saint-Denis.  (LP/OLIVIER LEJEUNE / MAXPPP)

“It was a fairly lunar audience, we had no concrete commitment”, denounces Monday April 15 on franceinfo Zoé Butzbach, joint general secretary of the CGT Educ’action in Seine-Saint-Denis, after a meeting between the inter-union and the Minister of Education, Nicole Belloubet. In this department, students, parents and education staff have been denouncing for almost two months the state of disrepair of several schools and the lack of resources. They demand a “emergency plan”. The teaching unions of Seine-Saint-Denis have also called for a new strike on Monday April 22, the day of the return to school after the spring holidays.

“The minister mentioned some means”up to 50 supervisory positions, “very far from the 900 positions that we requested”. “She also told us that she was going to pay particular attention to all the subjects that we raised but these were only publicity effects”, indicates Zoé Butzbach. The call for a strike on April 22 was launched in the first and second degrees in response “to non-announcements from the ministry”according to two union representatives.

“It’s worrying and not very serious”

“After two months of mobilization, the minister tells us that she still needs to work for at least another month to come back to us with concrete answers. This is worrying and not very serious”estimates Zoé Butzbach, who denounces a “contempt”. “The government is playing with fire. We must not forget that we are in quite explosive territory, sensitive to the subject of social justice”she emphasizes.

The return to school after spring break must take place on Monday April 22 in the department but “the educational community had given an ultimatum”, recalls Zoé Butzbach. The call for a strike could be “strongly followed”according to two unionists.

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