Purchasing power, education, health… Why will they mobilize on May 1 in the Alpes-Maritimes?

Thrush and anger. This Wednesday, at the invitation of the inter-union, four demonstrations will be held in the Alpes-Maritimes. Appointments are at 10:00 a.m. in Nice at the Théâtre de Verdure, at 10:00 a.m. in Antibes at Place de Gaulle, at 10:30 a.m. in Cannes in front of the SNCF station and at 10:30 a.m. in Grasse at the Jardin des Plantes. . Fueled by the movement against the pension reform last year, the mobilization was significant – 20,000 people in Nice for the unions, 2,300 for the authorities.

But for this edition, school holidays combined with bad weather could affect the forces involved. Whatever happens, it will not stop the unions from raising their voices. Besides, what do they expect from this day?

Consensus on purchasing power

It is not surprising that there is a consensus around the issue of purchasing power and “living with dignity from your work”. It is indeed an “anti-austerity” march in which the protesters will participate. “An increase in wages is a primal emergency in the public and private sectors,” asserts Céline Petit, secretary of the CGT branch in Alpes-Maritimes: “The issue of inflation and insecurity must be at the heart of the demand.” The specter of a new labor law and unemployment insurance reform will hover in people’s minds.

Health, education, social protection

For the CFDT, which is joining the procession, the health and safety of workers must be a topic even after April 28 – the World Day for the Prevention of Occupational Accidents and Occupational Diseases. “Companies must take their responsibilities in the middle of the environmental transition and monitor working conditions. We don’t want to see any more workers suffering in the middle of a heat wave, we don’t want to see any more injured people on site,” says Flore Mollet, general secretary of the CFDT Alpes-Maritimes.

In search of teaching and educational staff who will parade: the reforms implemented by Gabriel Attal and his successor in the Ministry of National Education, Nicole Belloubet. Despite the uproar caused by the conflict of knowledge, the Government, it seems, does not falter one iota regarding the level of teaching or the standardization of knowledge in primary schools. “We don’t know how all this will be implemented in institutions, it’s unclear for now,” says Jean-Paul Clot, teacher and secretary of the SNES-FSU department. And yet, the calendar announces the deployment at the beginning of the school year 2024, while the unions gnash their teeth: “Concern about the attractiveness of our profession remains. Before, colleagues quit after a few months when they realized that it was not for them. Now, some do it after five or ten years of teaching, thinking he would find better pay and working conditions elsewhere.”

For the Force Ouvrière – which historically does not participate in the parade, but organizes a meeting in the Department Union – the defense of social security is a priority. “The plan to increase the number of waiting days from three to eight is alarming: it represents 1/4 of the salary for some”, warns Franck Hausner, general secretary of FO 06, worried about the financing of the public hospital and “the questioning of reimbursements for part of long-term illnesses”.

Europeans in procession

A political issue in a broader sense will also be highlighted in the procession. “We are waiting to be heard on the issue of peace in relation to the various current conflicts. We are particularly asking for a cease-fire in Gaza and the implementation of the decisions of the International Court of Justice,” announced Céline Petit, secretary of the department. of CGT.

Less than forty days before the European elections, the challenge will be to answer the question: what kind of Europe will tomorrow be? “We have always fought against far-right ideas,” recalls Flore Mollet, general secretary of the CFDT, followed by Céline Petit: “They are one of the worst enemies in the world of work, their proposals are more than dangerous…”

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