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(en) France, UCL AL #317 - Unionism, BNF: dreams of concrete and employees in cardboard (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 28 Jun 2021 09:31:57 +0300

The National Library of France wants to close the Bussy site and build another in the Triangle de Gonesse, going overboard with environmental and social concerns. The employees - shaken by a suicide in Tolbiac last summer - are mobilizing. ---- Several hotbeds of protest have been ignited in recent years in one of the main establishments of the Ministry of Culture, against social setbacks and capitalist predations of all kinds. Less than a year ago, on August 3, 2020, the suicide of an agent on the Tolbiac site shocked the staff, who immediately pointed out the management, the understaffing, the lack of resources. . Seven days later, a strike broke out.
On March 26, in CHSCT, a joint investigation report also pointed out the management. Management response: after attempting to invalidate the report's conclusions, it now plans to re-examine its recommendations in the light of an audit commissioned from a private firm and which should cover the working conditions of warehouse workers. . Thus, after having sought to eliminate any responsibility for the prevention of psychosocial risks (PSR), the establishment finances an audit at great expense, to then legitimize, one might fear, a new reorganization of work. .

300 fewer jobs over ten years
The real problem is that, since 2009, with the general review of public policies (RGPP), its infernal logic of budget cuts and job cuts, the BNF has lost around 300 jobs. This is the main source of suffering at work: understaffing, reorganizations, increased recourse to precarious contracts, outsourcing and external service providers, disintegration of collectives and working conditions, new forms of management.

Failures and inaction are all the more serious in the context of the health crisis which exacerbates the difficulties. Management systematically rushes to announce to everyone more room openings and an increase in working hours. The CHSCTs are no longer more than chambers for recording pre-established decisions. The officers and several sites agents are yet succeeded · are to meet in October number (up to 200 employees · es) to protest against working conditions under the 2 e containment and try to oppose the reopening in public, which finally took place on November 24.

Rental of spaces for events
Budget cuts push the BNF to look for ideas to bail out. Among others: the rental of spaces for private events, a policy in vogue in public establishments, particularly in museums. To this end, the BNF would study the liberation of an entire tower on the most prestigious site, François-Mitterrand. Management is also considering the closure of one or two conservation and storage sites: Bussy-Saint-Georges (77) and Sablé-sur-Sarthe (72).

On that of Bussy-Saint-Georges, opened twenty years ago, mainly storekeepers work, but also all the professionals of the document restoration workshops, audiovisual restoration, digital reproduction and biochemical research and decontamination laboratory. About fifty agents - many of whom had been invited to move in nearby - set out to safeguard the site and to refuse the deterioration of working conditions. In addition to the walkouts and information meetings, a creative protest campaign was added, with the display and manufacture of cardboard characters dispatched on the site, to denounce the bleeding of staff.

Additional scandal: the site that would replace Bussy-Saint-Georges could be built in the current Triangle de Gonesse, where a fight has been waged for years against the concreteization and destruction of agricultural land ! In addition to being a costly project in public money and harmful to the lives of agents to whom we would ask to move, or that we would "accompany" in a new professional project, it also promises to be destructive of the 'environment.

In fact, the Bussy-Saint-Georges site - and it was planned from the start - has sufficient land to build an extension. But here it is: the management wants the city and local communities to participate up to a third in the financing of the new site ! As this solution seemed to be ruled out in Bussy, the management replied to the staff that it would be "uncompetitive"... Both cynical and aberrant !

The mobilization is supported by SUD-Culture, the ministry was arrested but - unsurprisingly - refuses to assume and "interfere". Contacts are also made with the defense movement of the Triangle de Gonesse.

Nicolas Pasadena (UCL Montreuil)

Precarious in the fight: the 2018-2019 biennial
In December 2019-January 2020, the agents of the BNF participated in the movement to defend pensions alongside the strikers of the Louvre, the Opera and Versailles. Like other cultural establishments, the BNF was blocked on January 23, 2020.

This mobilization was part of a cycle of struggles that began in spring 2018 with the inter-union CGT-FSU-SUD, which had obtained several commitments, including the reinforcement of certain staff.

The fight then continued: alongside SUD-Culture, the temporary workers continued the "Saturday strikes", the actions and the arrests of the public (read "BNF: The precarious at the tip of the pearl strike", Alternative libertarian , March 2019 ). Tenacity and struggle had wrested important concessions from a leadership which, for lack of resources, said no to everything. The conflict ended in May 2019, with an agreement that tripled the number of regularizations on permanent contracts, and established more warehouse workers !

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