What is the government proposing?
When he arrived at the ministry, Pap Ndiaye pledged to give teachers’ salaries a boost. However, the enthusiasm of the latter quickly waned as they discovered the terms of the upgrading. After a first quack, relating to the announced increase in the salaries of only new teachers – a solution now ruled out in favor of an increase of €50 per month, regardless of seniority –, a second disagreement today relates to the second part of the negotiation.
The government intends to offer, from the start of the next school year, to those who wish, to “work more to earn more”. Thus, according to a project presented Monday, March 6 to the trade unions, any teacher who would work twenty-four hours more each year would earn 1,250 € more per year.
Why are unions against it?
This mechanism aroused their anger, to the point that they slammed the door of the consultations initiated with the ministry. According to them, the very philosophy of this “pact” runs counter to the idea of upgrading. “In fact, it is the way to compel people to work more in order to implement the future missions resulting from the announced reform of the college, such as the hour of support in maths and French in sixth grade, and not better recognize what we are already accomplishing this,” says Sophie Vénétitay, secretary general of Snes-FSU.
Moreover, according to her, this cannot meet the needs of a profession that is very largely female. “We know very well that mothers, many in education, do not seek to increase their hours,” she argues. Such a system runs the risk, in the end, of introducing competition between colleagues.
How to get out of the crisis ?
From now on, the unions are refining their counter-proposals, with a key message: that all the informal work already accomplished today and “very largely invisible” be better recognized, summarizes Catherine Nave-Bekhti, secretary general of the Sgen-CFDT. Example ? Remuneration for student guidance assistance, which is the responsibility of head teachers, was set in 1989, “at a time when we were very far from Parcoursup,” she argues. It appears modest today when it comes to accompanying 30 students in the meanders of the platform.
Another example ? “No one has realized that the inclusion of students with disabilities translates (knows) into an incessant adaptation of our teaching methods, a very strong attention to each student, etc. “In total, the teacher therefore believes that the real cumulative working time – “well exceeds 35 hours per week” – and that is what must be recognized.