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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #281 - Oumou Gueye (SUD-Rail): " We have achieved respect and dignity " (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:06:03 +0300
In November-December 2017, the workers who clean the stations of the north of
Île-de-France conducted a 45-day strike. Their employer, H. Reinier, a subsidiary of Onet,
one of the giants of industrial cleaning, finally gave way. ---- AL: What has changed for
you with this strike ? ---- Oumou Gueye: We were united, really united, we made bloc. This
strike brought us a lot: 11 claims out of 12 were satisfied. For example, the basket
premium has been increased by 2.10 euros. With the 1.90 we already had, it's 4 euros. It
has been found that the five leaders are not reduced to four. The removal of the mobility
clause was obtained . But the biggest change is getting respect and dignity in the
workplace. ---- However, the protocol of end of strike is not respected by H. Reinier.
They said that the fixed-term contracts would be hired as soon as the job is resumed ;
this is still not the case. They say now that you need a visit, and we are still waiting
for them to come and see us. There is also a lack of equipment, and we have problems with
What role did the unions play in the struggle ?
Almost everyone was already unionized. The strike has given us courage, and today, if it's
again, we redo. The mobility clause has been removed, but they are already putting this
back, they want to put a team that will go from station to station. We are not against
this team, but while they take the CDD that are there. On wages too, we are ready to move.
We had a strike fund organized by SUD-Rail on the Internet. It helped us a lot. Without
this federation, I do not know where we were going. This is the first time that such a
tough strike has been carried out against a large company in addition. SUD-Rail, but also
the CFDT, FO it's thanks to them.
They gave us strength, courage, every morning. But we had the last word, it is always us
who made the decisions.
How do you envision the future now ?
To begin, we have many thanks to distribute to the SUD-Rail federation, to the policies
that came to meet us, to the population, to those who contributed to the strike fund: more
than 65 000 euros ! People came every morning, and the most important thing is moral
support. Thanks also to the media who made us known.
Today we are optimistic, we are in solidarity: all the employees, we see each other, we
call each other, we make a meeting, we meet each other. The strike has created a lot of
links. Before, we did not know each other, it was lines that were separated, everyone was
in his corner. Now we have exchanged the numbers, we see each other all the time. After
winning against SNCF and Onet, we can compete against anyone.
Interview by François Dalemer (AL Paris-Sud)
 This clause, introduced by H. Reinier, triggered the strike. She foresaw that the
company could move agents as it pleased, sometimes far from home.
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