After the announcement of a salary increase of 300 euros per year, teachers interviewed by franceinfo explain why this measure does not meet their expectations.
Wednesday, August 28, the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, has indeed promised a rise in "300 euros on average" the salary of professors in 2020. An announcement which, remind the unions, is only the application of a measure decided under François Hollande. "Blanquer is very strong in communication!" And so Helen, teacher of French and Latin in Paris.
For Anna, professor of economics in Cergy (Val-d'Oise), the announcement of Jean-Michel Blanquer is "completely shifted" compared to teachers' demands. "We certainly had wage demands, but what we demanded was mainly the withdrawal of the reform of the baccalaureate, which in my opinion destroys the public service of education", recalls this young professor who participated in the spring strike strike surveillance and retention of notes during the tests bac.
For teachers surveyed by Franceinfo, this modest increase is not likely to reduce the remuneration of a poorly paid profession compared to our European neighbors. On the occasion of a trip to the Rhine two years ago, Hélène compared her income with that of her German colleagues. "For a half-time, it's not bad!" they replied jokingly.
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As she prepares to make her fourteenth comeback, Alexandra has just exceeded the bar of 2,000 euros net monthly compensation. "If I compare to the majority of people who have the same level of education as me, I am clearly underpaid," She observes. "And at the same time, compared to the majority of employees, I am not disadvantaged", she nuanced, refusing to feel sorry for herself.
At 32, Lucile, she has not yet reached the 2,000 euros, even if it approaches. "Neither poor nor rich," she estimates that her salary "allows to live in a correct way". Partly because she has "luck", she says, to live in the countryside, in Aveyron, and thus to be able to lodge without paying exorbitant rent.
Professor of EPS in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, an opulent suburb of the Val-de-Marne, Annie, 55, has seen its purchasing power deteriorate for several years, successive governments having frozen the point of index of civil servants between 2010 and 2016, and again since 2018. "Our salary is really not stupendous," she judges, though consoling herself for working "in good conditions, which is far from the case for all teachers".
Annie thinks especially of young teachers: "They do five or six years of study and are sent to the academy of Créteil where housing is expensive." One of her colleagues, she says, had to make a living with a flat share, for financial reasons. Lucile, she complains the contract workers of the National Education, recruited without having passed the competitions, less well paid than the holders and having to deal with precarious contracts. "A fellow English teacher could not live on part-time, says Lucile. She preferred to look for another job in distribution. Now she's a cashier. "