Teachers’ salaries: unions fear compensation for upgrading from 2021

Teachers’ salaries: unions fear compensation for upgrading from 2021

As part of the discussions on pensions, Jean-Michel Blanquer has promised 500 million euros in revaluations for the year 2021. The ministry has just detailed the different distribution assumptions of this envelope.

Teachers demonstrate against the policy of their minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, on April 4, 2019 in Besançon (Doubs) (ANNE FAUVARQUE / FRANCE BLEU BESANÇON / RADIO FRANCE)

The Ministry of National Education presented the unions with four upgrading scenarios. ATnone concerns 100% of teachers because the idea is clearly to target young people, with a simple principle: the more teachers involved, the lower the amount of the premium for each one.

The first scenario thus offers 157 euros more per month for professors at the very start of their careers. This is significant, since it represents more than a 13th month. But only 14% of teachers could benefit from the salary boost.The second scenario would benefit a quarter of the teachers, with a maximum of 128 euros per month for the start of a career. The third would concern 44% of teachers, with 114 euros for the youngest. Finally, the broadest scenario concerns three quarters of teachers, but only makes it possible to release 93 euros per month, at most for the youngest. And this scenario would be much less favorable for other teachers: for example 35 euros per month after ten years of career.

Whichever scenario is ultimately applied, it is the first step in a series of increases that should theoretically be spread over several years. LThe ministry still promises a programming law for the following years, without giving figures for 2022, 2023, etc. for the moment.

Part of these 500 million would be subject to conditions, from 2021

The majority of this 2021 envelope will be dedicated to unconditional bonuses. Mnot all of it, far from it. LThe remainder will be used in particular for two things: pay overtime for teachers who replace colleagues on short-term absences, and compensate teachers who agree to take training during school vacations.

This last assumption is ultra-sensitive, insofar as, according to the unions, it looks very much like counterparts to the salary boost. VSontreparties feared since the beginning of the discussions by all the trade unions. MEven the most moderate of them, like the SGEN-CFDT, are warning this week against “bad leads”. It even looks like a red line. The next negotiations, scheduled for February 24, promise to be tough.