Trade union discussion about the boycott of the school card exam in 2024

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This Friday, February 2, union representatives FSU 11, FO and Snalc decided to boycott the meeting to determine the outlines of the future school map, in terms of closing and opening classes. A decision that SE-Unsa did not follow and for which Joël Laporte, academic director of the National Education Services (Dasen), “regrets”.

A powerful gesture. The unions FSU11, FO and Snalc have decided not to participate in the meeting that was supposed to take place this Friday, February 2 in the premises of the Directorate of Departmental Services of National Education (DSDEN) to express their disagreement with what looks like, in their eyes, the denial of social dialogue on a tricky issue school cards. The view the institution disputes (read elsewhere): a small standoff between it and these union organizations is already underway, between now and the next meeting scheduled for Friday, February 9.

This Friday, a special departmental administrative social committee (CSA-SD), more precisely: a meeting of the academic director and the union, was organized in order to outline the framework of the school map for the beginning of the school year 2024. However, due to the lack of a quorum, three of the four organizations that refused to sit , this meeting was postponed for one week (Friday, February 9). Before leaving the premises, the representatives of FSU, FO and Snalc read a joint declaration justifying their choice: a position that was subsequently elaborated at the press conference.

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“We wanted to know in advance about planned class openings and closings so that we could discuss them in the CSA, but these elements were never sent to us.”points out Marie Mandin, for Snalc. “We only got an Excel document with all the numbers in all the schools in the department: there are so many indicators and information that if we don't know the openings and closings in advance, we don't see anything”.

The trade unions add that denying them this data also means denying them the leverage they can use to argue in favor of this or that institution in question. “The school map is determined from a survey of the number of schools in November and December.specifies Jean-Louis Burgat (FSU). “But today those numbers have already changed: the union's mission is to improve them to defend any school that is threatened with job cuts. But by not telling us what's planned, it's preventing us from working.”. Christelle Arator, for Force Ouvrière, adds that a joint declaration was also sent to the rector.

Bad strategy?

However, the decision of the trade union trio is not unanimous. SE-Unsa, for its part, did not want to participate in the boycott: its representative Anne Balansa explains this. “We share the protest against the non-delivery of documents and the condemnation of these poor union working conditions. We really should have had these elements in advance. However, we would like the CSA to take place on February 2 because school principals, education teams and mayors are waiting for answers regarding the future school plan. All this is a week late.”. Strategically, the manager also believes that refusing to sit is not the best alternative. “We could have voted against the 2024 school map today, which would have forced Dasen to call another meeting next week. By attending the first meeting, we would have information we don't currently have and could better prepare the second CSA.”.

February 9, as required by the regulations, will be held regardless of the number of trade unions present. FO, Snalc and FSU intend to use this time to obtain the much sought-after prefiguration of the future school map, but SE-Unsa doubts it. “In 2023, we boycotted CSA for the same reason; however, we have not received that information.”.

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