Describing the attitude of the police towards the riots as a “war” against the “harmful” and the “wild hordes”, the joint statement of the unions Alliance and Unsa-police – whose joint list gathered half of the votes of the police in the last civil service elections – caused unrest, including in trade union ranks.
Remarks “Totally inappropriate”, judged François Hommeril, president of the CFE-CGC, to which Alliance is affiliated through its federation of public services. “The categorical defense of a profession, even sincere, does not authorize derogating by words from the values which make our Republic and which found Unsa”, added on Twitter Laurent Escure, secretary general of Unsa, whose the Unsa-police is one of the main components.
The categorical defense of a profession, even sincere, does not authorize derogating by words from the values which make our Republic and which found the UNSA.
I repeat the sentence of the@UNSA_officiel after Nahel’s death. We call for calm and an end to the violence.
— Laurent Escure (@LaurentEscure) June 30, 2023
If the CFE-CGC and Unsa have announced that this press release will be the subject of discussions at their next national offices, respectively on Monday and Wednesday, it is unlikely that sanctions will be applied, both the procedures for excluding a union from a federation are long and complex.
90% unionization in the police
It would be all the more difficult at Unsa since Unsa-police is one of its founding unions. The Interior is also the second largest ministry represented there, after national education. With, therefore, a strong stake of representativeness for the plant.
“The Unsa-police is the heir to the post-war autonomous trade unionism which carried the will of a strong adherence to republican values, reinforced, in the police, by the great influence of Freemasonry: in a profession maintaining order, this trade unionism attached to the Republic is essential”, explains a specialist in this trade union movement. “What I note in this press release is above all the strong pressure that members exert on their union officials, but they should rather try to translate this pressure into acceptable and audible terms”, adds this connoisseur, who worried about the increasingly strong audience of the far right in the police, 90% unionized.
Calls to disarm on social networks
According to Axel Ronde, deputy secretary general of the CFTC-police, the police base had a very bad experience of the detention of the policeman suspected of having opened fire on a young delinquent in Nanterre as well as the remarks of the President of the Republic. judging this gesture “unexplainable” and “inexcusable”.
Like other professions, the police do not escape the phenomenon of overflow by social networks either. “On WhatsApp or Telegram, we have seen the beginnings of protest escalate, with calls to disarm, worries the trade unionist. This is also how I read the passage of the Unsa-Alliance press release which says that laying down arms is not a solution in view of the situation. »
“The mistake was undoubtedly to distribute to the general public what was above all a leaflet for internal purposes”, he judges.
— UNSA POLICE (@UNSAPOLICE) June 30, 2023
As of Friday evening, Alliance and Unsa-police issued another press release protesting against the “distortion” of the words of their first text and ensuring that they wanted to “continue the fight to defend the values of the Republic”.