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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #279 - Sappers and Firefighters Gard: There are under the helmet ! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:28:18 +0200

A strike followed at 80 %, the occupation of a public square, the direct creative action that arouses popular support: the firefighters and firefighters Gard have applied the best recipes to win the victory. ---- The professional firemen and firemen of the Gard - of which SUD is the majority union - have just prevailed in the conflict which pitted them against the departmental council and their direction, the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS). After more than a month of a strike initiated on October 23, the 400 employees got satisfaction on their demands: the creation of 28 additional positions and the modernization of their intervention equipment (trucks, equipment). ---- The website , facebook page and Twitter account of Southern SDIS 30 (Gard).
To achieve this result, the strikers were creative. They symbolically put up for sale their barracks on Leboncoin.fr, then relocated their premises and stations intervention on one of the busiest arteries of the city, in front of the prefecture of Gard, where were installed barnums, tents and barbecue ... and even an inflatable castle for children ! During one month, various direct actions were carried out, well relayed by the local press but also national: blocking of a TGV ; toll free operation at Nîmes-Ouest; gusts of carbonic snow and invasion of the county council by the strikers, noisy happening during the municipal council of the town whose president of the SDIS is deputy mayor. In parallel, the petition of support for their struggle has collected 30,000 signatures on Nîmes, proving that this strike movement, followed by 80 % of the workforce, was widely approved.

In a video broadcast on Facebook, firefighters humorously denounce the dilapidation of the Saint-Geniès-de-Malgoirès barracks.

Tense negotiations

The negotiations were not without pain. The direction of the SDIS and the departmental council began by deaf ear, and refuse the opening of a negotiation as the firemen and firemen continue their actions punches and would impede the circulation with their barracks of fortune . They eventually give in. The pressure came from above, the Ministry of the Interior likely fearing that the Gard example inspires other barracks.

After a first round of negotiations that turned sour on November 5, an agreement was signed two weeks later. Only one point of stumbling: the contribution of 1 % of municipalities to the financing of additional resources. A contribution that, for the time being, the mayors of the Gard refuse to pay. The unions are already announcing that, if necessary, they are ready to resume the fight in January.

In any case, thank you to the sappers and firemen: in this period of decline of the social movement, this type of victory reminds that only the fight pays !

Jérémie (AL Gard)

We can follow the political and union activity in Gard on Vimeo with Rebellion Production

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