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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - Early Childhood Educators: Anger of Philanthropy (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:53:31 +0300


There are few struggles in the early childhood sector, but they can exist, and even win ! Demonstration with the struggle of the home The Temporary shelter of children, in Paris XIII e . ---- In January 2016, the employees of the temporary shelter for children run by the Philanthropic Society in Paris XIII th , challenge their direction: although 19 salarié.es structure (a social nature of children home, welcoming young people aged 2.5 to 11) do the same job, there are three levels of wages. Why ? Because there are three levels of diplomas: instructors and instructors educators (ME) ; early childhood educators (ECE) [1]; Special Education Educators (ES). ---- After an unsuccessful exchange of letters to demand " equal pay for equal work " and then a strike threat, the management delays in October 2017 by suggesting that EJE salary would catch up with that of ES in 2018, and ME could be trained to obtain the ES or EJE diploma.

Seven months pass. On May 15, still not seeing anything come, the 6 EJE of the structure jump in the steps, and go on strike renewable.

Guilt over children
In the beginning, the management does not take us seriously, sweeps our demands and we resume work by making us feel guilty about children - a usual tactic in the social sector.

But our determination and unity remain intact. In the struggle, every decision is made by consensus outside the presence of management, and then we stand together in the negotiations. Little by little, the philanthropic society notes with regret that we know our rights. The replacement of strikers by temporary workers ? Illegal. Negotiations ? Only in the presence of the Labor Inspectorate. In parallel, we publicized our action successfully (leaflets, Facebook page, petition, strike fund, procession in the demonstrations and speaking in AG interpro ...).

And after several days of strike (22 in total): the victory ! A written commitment on the essentials of what we asked for, with a retroactive effect since January 2018, and the payment of trading days ! It is even a double victory, because the employees come out of this test stronger, more aware of their rights, more confident in their abilities: a union section SUD emerged during the strike ; each was able to rub on the floor of speaking, contacts, writing letters, petition, leaflets; each could assimilate the collective practices (turn of speech in AG, inclusive writing, search for the consensus ...) ... and to experiment in what way the fight can be emancipatory both as workers and as women.

We now want to go beyond our local demands: improve the collective agreement 51 which ratifies the inequality between ES and EJE, support other sectors in struggle ... and ardently defend our social professions !

Virginia (AL Grand-Paris-South)

[1] It is deliberately not masculinized by the EJE in this article: they are essentially women, hence probably the brake on their remuneration.

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Educatrices-de-jeunes-enfants-Coup-de-colere-philanthropique
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