An unprecedented and well-attended strike at GRETA in Tarbes for better salaries and working conditions

An unprecedented and well-attended strike at GRETA in Tarbes for better salaries and working conditions

The staff of this continuing education organization in Tarbes mobilized en masse this Tuesday, as part of the national call in public service.

For Greta in Tarbes, the unease is deep. This Tuesday’s mobilization shows this, in this structure that has seen only two strike movements in the last twenty years. However, this Tuesday, all administrative staff and almost 70% of the permanent trainers at the Tarbes site, now linked to Gers and Tarn-et-Garonne, left their jobs. “It is a historic mobilization for these staff who almost never go on strike,” argues Jérôme Lendrès, Sgen-CFDT staff representative.

If the day of national mobilization in the public service has served as any support, the problem has been brewing for years with ‘deteriorating working conditions and substandard salaries for increasingly complex professions and missions. Some technical assistants have even seen their salaries exceeded by the recent minimum wage revaluations. As for coordinators and trainers, their national scale has not been revalued for 31 years!”

This lack of recognition leads to significant turnover in this training structure, which employs around thirty agents and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. “It is time to make ourselves heard by our local hierarchy and the rectorate,” says Jérôme Lendrès. GRETA employees are mainly contract workers. They are not entitled to any bonus or compensation, even though they are fully involved in the activity by to provide a public service for further training and quality apprenticeships, in a competitive market where it is necessary to adapt and innovate. We are among young people who join Greta with a Master 2 and 1 Received €400. There is no recognition. We demand better salaries and a fair profit-sharing system to give all these staff more motivation.”

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