Covid-19 and strike: 75% of strikers and half of schools closed Thursday, union forecasts

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Most other teachers’ unions call a strike this Thursday to protest against the health protocol in schools

The Snuipp-FSU, the first primary union, predicted on Tuesday that 75% of primary school teachers would be on strike and that half of the schools would be closed on Thursday, as part of a national mobilization against the Covid-19 protocol implemented. work in schools.

“This historic mobilization by its magnitude over the last twenty years is not a strike against the virus but illustrates the growing fed up in schools”, writes the union in a press release. The Snuipp-FSU denounces “deteriorating working conditions” and “the permanent lies of the Minister of Education”, Jean-Michel Blanquer, who had launched Tuesday morning: “We do not go on strike against a virus”.

“It is not the school that is open but a form of daycare”

Monday evening, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a relaxation of the health protocol in the face of the Covid epidemic in schools and the risk of mayhem. Three simple self-tests for contact cases at school, without obligation of antigen test or PCR, are now required. “Not only does the current protocol not protect students, staff and their families, it also completely disrupts the school. Thus, contrary to repeated government claims, it is not the school that is open but a form of daycare, ”denounces the Snuipp-FSU.

New mobilizations

According to the union, “under the current conditions, the students cannot learn correctly, their number being very fluctuating and hybrid education between face-to-face and distance learning impossible to implement”. The Snuipp-FSU also points to “the non-replacement of sick teachers which is becoming untenable”. Thus, he says that he “will do everything to ensure that the government finally hears the anger of the staff. After January 13, if necessary, he will propose new unitary mobilizations in the face of government contempt, for the health security of the school and the necessary recruitment of personnel ”.

“This staff anger is not a cyclical epiphenomenon but takes root both in the inability coupled with incompetence to manage the health crisis at school and also more generally in the educational policy carried out for five years which is damaging the ‘school and despises the staff,’ adds the union.

2% of closed classes

Majority in the primary, the Snuipp-FSU launched last Friday a call for a national strike for January 13 in order to “obtain the conditions of a secure school under Omicron”. He was joined by most of the other teachers’ unions, SE-Unsa, Snes-FSU, Snalc, CGT Educ’action, SUD Education, FO and Sgen-CFDT.

Jean Castex reported 10,400 closed classes, or 2% of primary classes, Tuesday before the National Assembly. Jean-Michel Blanquer spoke on Tuesday morning of 50,000 cumulative positive cases out of 12 million students.

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