Since early January, lecturers in Guadeloupe have been strongly mobilized towards the pension reform. The calls for have since unfold to the reform of the Bac and the dearth of sources in training. Testimony of Céline, professor in faculty.
“We had 18 seconds on the France 2 tv information on January 30, in any other case data on our motion may be very little relayed in mainland France, when there are main actions carried out in Guadeloupe, and in addition in Martinique. The motion actually gained momentum initially of the college yr in early January.
This January 31, the vast majority of schools, excessive faculties and first faculties on the island are blocked by lecturers . There are institutions that reopen underneath strain from inspectors or administration after which shut. My faculty, for instance, has been utterly closed since Thursday, January 9, we’re coming into our fourth week of blockage.
72 positions minimize on the subsequent faculty yr
The bulk unions of the primary and second diploma joined forces and lead the motion. Though many excessive faculties are closed, the highschool college students nonetheless took over to ask for the postponement of the bac E3C exams. They went to exhibit on the rectorate. There may be clearly extra strain on blockages within the first diploma as a result of it’s all the time extra problematic for folks.
In the beginning, we have been actually targeted on pensions, on demanding that the reform be withdrawn. Then, we obtained the endowments of posts deliberate for the 2020 re-entry. In Guadeloupe, we lose in all, in major and secondary, 72 posts for the subsequent re-entry .
The ministry places this underneath cowl of declining demographics. However, concretely, we see the numbers growing in our courses. Understanding that now we have pretty tough social circumstances in Guadeloupe, many institutions ought to be part of the precedence training community, which might permit us to work with decreased workers and extra sources.
“There may be in actual fact a big dispute in Guadeloupe”
We’re asking right now for the withdrawal of the pension reform, the non-abolition of the 72 posts, and we need to be a part of the precedence community when essential. We blocked the doorway to the rectorate on January 29, and we exhibit recurrently. We have been additionally in municipal buildings to relay the motion to different officers, and requested for conferences with elected officers. The rectorate obtained the unions and the elected officers, however he mentioned that it was not his accountability.
On the dad and mom' aspect, anger is raging and we attempt to talk as a lot as attainable with them. Mother and father' associations perceive our calls for however urge the rector to unblock the scenario as quickly as attainable in order that their kids can return to highschool.
We additionally demonstrated with the attorneys at first, and the nurses. A big interprofessional occasion is deliberate for February 1. There may be in actual fact a big dispute in Guadeloupe, which additionally touches on particular issues, resembling chlordecone, sargassum algae, poor water provide, and the state of the hospital. Our well being system is in a catastrophic state. “
Interview by Rachel Knaebel