on the eve of the announcements of Edouard Philippe, the blockages of the bus depots will continue in the Ile-de-France. And the movement promises to last. Story.
It's hardly 5 o'clock in the morning on 10 December, the city is still asleep. On the sidewalk in front of the deposit of the RATP of france at Pantin (93), a group of fifty people to be active. Banners are hoisted, a table with coffee and cakes prepared, fires in braziers lit. While a playlist is spinning in a loop on a loudspeaker - The Leak, of Vegedream and DJ Leska happen several times, a few students and teachers blocking the exit of the 170 buses, under the gaze complicit agents in the strike of the governed paris. A helping hand is valuable. The employees of the RATP have not the right to prevent the bus from, as they may be sanctioned or even lose their jobs. A bailiff sent by the management is committed to the grain.
strikers blocked the bus depot of Flanders in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), on 10 December 2019.
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"It gave us the boost to take a long time," smiles Ahmed, secretary of the CGT section of the RATP, and hopes that many other professions will join the movement... Its purpose : "the withdrawal of the" reform " pensions. A claim shared by his colleagues of the Unsa RATP, contrary to the message brought by the confederation at the national level. Antagonism with the mother house perfectly assumed. "We are in total disagreement with Laurent Escure [their leader]," say the activists this morning, promoting their autonomy.
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Professors as employees of the RATP, all are wary of"a point system where you do not know the value of", and fear the crossing 'to a capitalization system". All of them also repeat that they are not fighting for only themselves but for their "passengers" and the "future generations", tired of being "portrayed in the media as privileged". "I do not understand why the private sector does not engage, breath David. This is probably a union issue. The organizations are not doing their job."
For the time being, the effects are there : any bus that comes out, in a "atmosphere of the pacific", recognizes one of the police officers present on the spot. They will intervene to free the passage in the early morning, but for strikers, as for the previous days, the mission is accomplished. "By blocking the deposit for up to 8 hours, it prevents a good portion of the tour happen," says Sergio, a trade union delegate Unsa.
The "coagulation" is drawn
a dozen miles away, porte de Vincennes, the story is different. Shortly after 4 o'clock this Tuesday morning, the fifty of the strikers present in front of the bus depot RATP de Lagny had the surprise to see the arrival of several police cars, who came to escort the "yellow" [drivers non-strikers], and to ensure the departure of the bus safely. Their passage, a few boos and applause ironic is heard. "they groan all day, but when the time comes to strike, they do not have the courage to stand up", maugrée Alexander, a bus driver of 36 years, while others are more forgiving.
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Result : in contrast to the previous day, all cars advertised are parties to it without delay. "That can't work all the time, especially when you are as well monitored", the motto of Alexander, which means a stroke of the chin to the ministry of the Interior, next to the deposit.
employees of the maintenance of the network RATP have joined the strikers in the bus depot Lagny, in one of their local of the 20th arrondissement, on 10 December 2019 to Paris.
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regardless of this first failure. At 8 o'clock, the strikers of Lagny join one of their local is located a few meters away, in front of the lycée Hélène Boucher (Xx), partially blocked. They found other personnel of the RATP, but also railway workers, teachers, and students. If some leave feel even "good only at the front", the famous "coagulation" as feared by the government gradually settles. "The teachers help us to the picket line, and in return we participate in their GA [general meetings] because we have a experience of the relationship of forces," says Ahmed, a bus driver of 39 years, while that of the AG are provided in the morning with the staff of the Education. Already, after the blocking of the bus depots of Monday, supported by students and teachers, the conductors of Lagny participated in a GA caregivers of the hospital Tenon, then a winching teachers place Gambetta, in the Twentieth arrondissement.
Edouard Philippe expected
One thing is certain : all will follow with attention the ads of Edouard Philippe on Wednesday, even if they don't expect much. The cacophony of ministers has sown disorder and undermined the confidence of many as Xavier, a railroader, who came to lend a helping hand to his colleagues in Flanders, his yellow jacket and his flag South Rail on the back. "Yesterday, they said that the value of the point will not drop, but in the past few months, one day it is white, and the next day it is black. There is eel under rock", he says.
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teachers are also skeptical. "Darmanin spoke of compensation of 400 million euros, sighs Nicolas, associate professor of physics, came to Flanders. This is 37 euros per month in addition so that it will lose several hundred euros." And if it was billions ? "It would be Christmas before the hour, but we doubt it." "The miracle would be that he told us : it is not you who misunderstood, it is us! But it is unlikely...", also recognized Mary, a college teacher to the high school of Aubervilliers.
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Without waiting, the strikers of the different deposits have therefore extended the strike until Thursday. "It is all ready to move 31 in our terminal. That is what it is to lose a month's salary, if it means to save our pensions ?", lance Ludovic, a 42-year-old driver on the metro line 2, which ensures that he "planned to take a credit of 2000€." What take several weeks yet, he hoped, if the government does not give in.