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Wed Aug 29, 2012, 04:55 PM


Solidarity Message to Chicago Teachers Union from French Teachers' Union Federation

Dear Colleagues,

We just became acquainted of your present struggle for public education against privatization and for your rights. We would like you to know that our federation, the FNEC FP FO, completely support your claims and the ones you underline in particular:

-for employment safety,
-Against extension of working days and school periods,
-Against teacher’s evaluation based on students’ and pupils’ results.

We have moreover read with great interest in a 31th july statement of the International Education Committee that this was more and more rejected all over the United States.

-For the protection of the trade unions , of the trade union rights ,of the rights to strike and for the rights to negociate.

We are facing in France the same issues : almost 13 000 teaching posts are to be suppressed for school beginning in a few days and this we can’t accept .

We just succeeded together -with almost all trade unions- to have the teachers’ evaluation suppressed , which would have put an end to our collective guarantees in terms of careers and salary progressions, in order to introduce indivilualization and promotion on merit.

The new minister wants to start discussions on this matter, he also started a concertation to review our status and all our guarantees in this range. It is out of question for us to change anything and that is why we are being careful.

Together with our confederation cgt-FO, we insist on keeping our independence against any governments, this guarantees the best defense for our claims.

The European Union insists on having ratified a treaty that has already caused wreaks in Greece and Spain: wages lowered, massive unemployment, and drastic cuts in education and health budgets.

Our government wants to propose the ratification of this treaty to the deputes and senators at the beginning of October.

With our confederation, our federation has statued against this ratification and denounces the austerity plans and the structural adjustment plans imposed by the IMF, the EU and the ECB to the governments.

The workers in the education sector and in all sectors do not have to “share the efforts” in order to reduce a debt that is not theirs; on the other hand, the trade unions do not have to cope with the austerity plans.

Therefore we wish you full success with your struggle and the strike you’re preparing with 98% of the teachers in Chicago;

Education is an imprescriptible right , stop the suppression of the teachings posts , stop the dismissals, stop schools’ closing, and privatization, respect of the statuses and of the collective conventions…

Respect of all social achievements

Respect of the trade unions rights, of trade unions, respect of the right to strike and of all rights defined by the conventions and decisions of the ILO.

Hubert Raguin, secrétaire général
Jacques Paris, secrétaire fédéral chargé du secteur international


Education deform is a global initiative of the 1%

As is all the rest of this crap -- the wars, the privatization of the world, the shredding of social protections, 'free' trade, etc.

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