Teachers take to the streets

20th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

According to the SNES-FSU, the largest labour union representing teachers working in France's secondary public education, almost 40 percent of teachers were on strike on Tuesday to protest against, amongst other things, the suppression of 5,000 jobs effective as of next academic year.

According to the SNES-FSU, the largest labour union representing teachers working in France's secondary public education, almost 40 percent of teachers were on strike on Tuesday to protest against, amongst other things, the suppression of 5,000 jobs effective as of next academic year.

The national education ministry released less impressive figures; 13 percent of teachers in professional high schools, 21 percent in regular high schools, and 21 percent of teachers in middle schools, or an average of 17.5 percent of teachers nation-wide who failed to go to work this morning.
 
Overall, labour unions are satisfied with the participation even if this strike is less impressive than that of December 18 or February 8, when participation exceeded 50 percent.

In Paris More then a thousands protesters walked the streets banners in hand singing their rebel yell, "Our work must be respected; Robien, your decree is not worth a thing!"

Labour unions ask for the start of "real" negotiations but made it clear that they would not not stand for a decrease in their salary or for the deterioration of their working condition.

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