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Unemployment: One in Two Civil Servants on Strike at French Jobs Agency

Translated Wednesday 17 December 2014, by Gene Zbikowski

Over 48% of the civil servants at Pôle emploi struck on Dec. 9, according to the SNU-Pôle emploi trade union.

Four trade unions called on the 5200 civil servants, representing one-tenth of the state jobs agency staff, to strike to demand a wage hike and respect for their rights. When the ANPE and the Assedic were merged in 2008, some public sector workers had refused to integrate the private sector.

“A civil servant earns 22% less than a private sector worker,” Jean-Charles Steyger, an FSU headquarters representative explained, happy at the number of strikers. “Today, two in thirty workers in the jobs agencies are civil servants. They feel isolated, they sometimes feel that they are subject to institutionalized mistreatment.”

Management has promised to meet with trade union representatives in the first quarter of 2015 to discuss the classification of the staff, the conditions, and another meeting to discuss wage scales and wages in the second quarter.


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