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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Octobre - Seine-Saint-Denis: High schools want to set fire to the plain (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:13:28 +0300

As often in Seine-Saint-Denis, the grumbling is strong in this school year 2017 in the educational world. A little more original, it is the lycées who lead the dance. ---- Since the beginning of September, many high schools of the 93 have been on strike for several days: Suger in Saint-Denis, first against the anti-union repression suffered by a staff of the establishment, head of work Pascal Stoller, office following its participation in major mobilisations last year. Utrillo (Stains) and Jean-Rostand (Villepinte) against the abolition of the posts of maintenance agents under a single integration contract (CUI) - and yes, the abolition of subsidized contracts does not affect (Jean-Zay (Aulnay)) against the overstaffing of high school students and the lack of supervisors, Mozart (Blanc-Mesnil) denouncing the material conditions of the high school,

300 more students without more resources

The demands are often the same from one secondary school to another and the observation is divided: the Rectorate does not put enough human resources (teachers, supervisors) at the disposal, and the regional council leaves the lycées rot, by disregarding the staff he is in charge of (the technical agents), allowing the building to be degraded (which he also has charge), and refusing to build in the department the necessary number of additional lycées, already saturated. The consequences of these austerity policies for students from working-class neighborhoods are immediately visible, so Mozart's Blanc-Mesnil high school saw its baccalauréat score drop by 10 points while its enrollment increased by 300 students in two years without any additional means.

Faced with this, a mobilization with variable geometry, which poses different problems. On the one hand, the intersyndicale fishes by scattered initiatives and sometimes disconnected from the establishments. On the other hand, a framework of self-organization emerges with several coordination meetings of the lycées mobilized, called within the framework of the collective " Touche pas à ma ZEP ".

This framework resulted in more dynamic mobilizations, such as the morning of September 21, with a demonstration of nearly 200 people ranging from Sciences Po to the Ministry. Nevertheless, the collective Touche pas à ma ZEP has become an exogenous framework for the mobilization in progress, and more a real framework of self-organization - the militants who animate it, well-known political activists of the North of 92 - have for them their participation in the fight last year, but their lycées are not mobilized at all this year ! Under the guise of self-organization, the risk is not negligible that this collective works as an alternative direction, disconnected from the real stakes of unity of the personnel, and maintains in particular the division with the trade unions.

A dynamic that must be extended and amplified

In any case, this mobilization is very good news, and it is to be hoped that it will be prolonged, amplified in unity and will contribute to an enormous mobilization of the educational world, with the aim of reversing steam and build a vast movement for so much needed egalitarian and emancipatory education !

Maud (AL Paris North East) and Gyula (AL Montreuil)

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