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500 million euros for teachers' salary increases in 2021

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The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, at the Elysée Palace on December 18, 2019.
The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, at the Elysée Palace on December 18, 2019. BENOIT TESSIER / REUTERS

Negotiations on pensions, which are expected to result in a law for the programming of salary increases, opened on Monday 13 January at the Ministry of Education. Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has announced that he will spend 500 million euros in 2021 on wage increases.

"The Minister has committed to organizing a conference each year to measure the progress year after year in human resources management", said the minister’s entourage.

The following work schedule was presented to the unions:

  • a first phase of consultation with, at the end of January, “Prospects for the first measures for the 2021 budget”
  • a consultation from January to the end of March
  • negotiations for the programming bill

Up until now, progressive budget increases of around 400 to 500 million euros have been mentioned, which should reach 10 billion per year by 2037.

It remains to be seen how these revaluations will translate concretely for teachers: the increases will not be the same for teachers at the start or mid-career, or for those born after 1975, therefore concerned by the pension reform, and the others .

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"The little advance of the day"

Frédérique Rolet, secretary general of SNES-FSU, the first federation received in this round of consultations, very opposed to the reform, noted a "Small opening" from the Minister. "This is the small advance of the day", also conceded Benoît Teste, the new national secretary of the federation. "We had a little more confidence that the promised revaluation would not only be compensation" losses that could arise from pension reform, said Mme Rolet.

However, the reasons for concern are still there: will the revaluations affect all teachers? of the "Counterparties" such as an increase in working time will they be required? "If we are paid two more hours but have to work two more hours", the account will not be there, warns Jean-Rémi Girard, president of Snalc, the national union of high schools and colleges.

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Mobilizations maintained

"There are still a lot of gray areas", noted Mme Rolet. "A first revaluation in 2021 is a bit late", also believes Benoît Teste. The federation, the majority among teachers, always calls to participate in the mobilizations, planned for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, in the form of strikes or rallies.

The 500 million euros, mentioned in recent weeks, "Are well consolidated", welcomed Stéphane Crochet, secretary general of SE-UNSA, received in the evening. And "The minister said again that they would be adding to future increases to build a substantial increase in the national budget".

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Jean-Michel Blanquer did not, however, confirm any figures for the years after 2021. "Much remains to be done", says Stéphane Crochet. "We are only moving forward in the concrete too slowly, there is still a lot of impatience", he adds, demanding in particular "More visibility" for the translation of this increase on the pay slips of each teacher.

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