In Lyon, the environmentalist mayor is put to the check of energy | EUROtoday

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Grégory Doucet, environmentalist mayor of Lyon (right), with Bruno Bernard, president of the metropolis (Les Ecologistes), in Lyon, April 30, 2024.

Faced, like his predecessor Gérard Collomb, with frequent strikes in class canteens, Grégory Doucet determined to change the work stoppage guidelines for municipal brokers in main colleges. The mayor of Lyon (Europe Ecologie-Les Verts-Les Ecologistes) is getting ready a memo, which can inflict on placing workers an entire day of lack of wage, even when the worker has solely walked off the job for an hour, because the municipal hierarchy notes a “obvious disorder” attributable to the strike.

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This measure is offered for within the civil service transformation regulation, handed in 2019. Concretely, the cancellation of meals due to an hour of strike might justify a “obvious disorder”, and the placing worker might be counted for a full day of wage deduction. Goal of the municipal majority: to discourage gradual strikes, which embarrass households. “Very often, it only takes one employee on strike for a single hour to prevent a service from operating. Over 105 working days from September 2023 to April, we experienced 93 days with at least one strike in a school with cancellation of the canteen, often without prior negotiation”justifies a member of the Lyon government.

The proposal was rejected by the unions, within the advisory opinion of the territorial social committee, which brings collectively municipal elected officers and representatives of public staff, Tuesday June 4. The majority, with three left-wing elements (Ecologists, Socialist Party, La France insoumise), plans a deliberation on the subsequent municipal council, on June 27.

Touching on strike preparations, the topic is delicate for the left in energy. The unions didn’t recognize it. “We were used to the right-wing of Gérard Collomb, here we are once again confronted with a double discourse. This is very unwelcome in the middle of European elections. School staff have the lowest salaries. This measure is not obligatory in the law, it is a choice that we condemn,” reacts Sébastien Douillet, common secretary of the CGT union of the City of Lyon. According to the unions, the precariousness of brokers is growing, and the variety of strikes in canteens will stay ” limit “.

Politically painful sequence

For the bulk, the symbolism could be very robust and people near the mayor clarify having to arbitrate contradictory pursuits: “This is the check of the left in energy. » Grégory Doucet's entourage argues that this modification of the strike situations is the results of an extended session course of, and is accompanied by a number of enhancements within the working situations of the two,000 municipal brokers, who work within the 208 main colleges from town. Elected officers are planning 30 further positions in colleges at first of the college 12 months, for a funds of 1 million euros, in addition to an envelope of 400,000 euros dedicated to replacements. At the request of the unions, new standards of Improved positions are launched, in addition to dashboards to raised detect degraded social conditions.

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