In the midst of a coronavirus epidemic, caregivers will demonstrate across France on Tuesday to demand recruitments, a general revaluation of wages, and an end to service and bed closures.
“No more applause, place for rallies”: after three months of health crisis, doctors, nurses’ aides and nurses will beat the pavement Tuesday everywhere in France to remind the government of its promises on the hospital, in full “Ségur of health “.
From Paris to Montpellier via Metz, Dunkirk and Bobigny, more than 220 gatherings are planned as part of this national day of action, organized at the call of a dozen unions and caregiver collectives (CGT, FO, Unsa, Sud, Collective Inter-Hospitals …).
Chocolate medals and hypothetical bonuses
Objective: to take advantage of the support garnered from the population during the health crisis in order to obtain progress for employees of hospitals and nursing homes, hailed as “heroes in white coats” by the Head of State at the beginning of the epidemic.
“The government’s soothing speeches, the chocolate medals and the promises of random and hypothetical bonuses will not be enough. Now we need real human and budgetary resources for public health,” warned the CGT in a press release.
In Paris, a demonstration is planned at 1:00 p.m. in front of the Minister of Health, in the presence of several union leaders, including Philippe Martinez (CGT) and Yves Veyrier (FO). The rally will be followed by a procession towards the National Assembly and the Invalides.
Elsewhere, most of the other demonstrations will take place in front of hospitals and medical-social establishments, where the CFDT has also filed a strike notice. Home helpers and retiree associations have also planned to join the movements.
“A return to ormal the abnormal’ is unthinkable “
The caregivers, on the front line facing the covid-19, demand a “recruitment plan” and a “general revaluation of wages”, of the order of 300 to 400 euros according to the unions. They want “the end of all closings of establishments, services and beds”.
“After 14 months of mobilization and a health crisis, a return to ‘the abnormal’ is unthinkable. For users, it is no longer the time to applaud the carers but to support our demands “, insists the Inter-Hospital Collective, spearhead of a movement started a year ago.
This day of mobilization, the culmination of a series of actions carried out in recent weeks at the hospital, in the context in particular of “Tuesday of anger”, intervenes right in the middle of the “Health Ségur” May 25 by Édouard Philippe.
This consultation, led by Nicole Notat and intended to overhaul the French health system, should lead by the beginning of July to concrete proposals. But no figures have been put on the table at this stage, especially for wage increases.
A source of exasperation for unions. “The trade union organizations cannot work in constant improvisation and in the absence of allocated resources”, deplored a dozen medical organizations, including the Federation of Doctors of France, denouncing a “false pretense”.
Lack of transparency
The methodology of the Ségur de la Santé poses a problem, “added the Inter-Hospital Collective, regretting” the lack of transparency in the conduct of the work “.” Concrete answers must be provided now, “he insisted. .
In this context, a union, Sud Santé, decided to leave the door of discussions, denouncing a “vast communication operation”. This gesture has not been emulated for the moment but other organizations have raised the threat of a departure.
Questioned Monday on LCI, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran wanted to be reassuring. “We are working, we are moving forward,” he said, indicating that “more than one hundred consultations at the national level” had been carried out since the start of the “Ségur”.
Random calendar? The government published this weekend decrees confirming the payment of an exceptional bonus of 1,000 to 1,500 euros for employees of Ehpad, and a 50% increase in overtime worked at the hospital, which will be paid before September.
Regarding the salary increases promised within the framework of Ségur, “the appointment is fixed” with the caregivers, also reminded Monday Olivier Véran. “By early July they will have all the answers to the questions they ask and the claims they legitimately make.”