France - National strike in education sector - March 31, 2019

After an earlier strike in nursey and elementary schools, teachers organised a nationwide strike demanding a rise in purchasing power and in protest if a new education bill that was voted through parliament in February 2019. Some 40% of the countries’ teachers are believed to have participated in the action. Part of the new education bill is to increase compulsory education with 3 years without allocating additional funding for schools. Another mobilizing factor was the public service reform project. It provides for increased recourse to contract workers, greater individualisation of remuneration, and measures to "promote mobility" of staff, which are part of the objective of reducing the number of staff by 120,000 by 2022.

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