The lycée Mermoz Montpellier extends over 11 hectares and welcomes 3,000 students. — Jerome Diesnis / Agency Maxele Press
In a letter sent to the media, their management and the board of education, the educational assistants of the high school Mermoz denounce their working conditions and the aggression that has been a victim of a supervisor on Friday. She was trying to put an end to an altercation between two students of a second. “It is a gesture that is objectionable. The pupil has been suspended as a precautionary measure and summoned to a disciplinary council. We assist the supervisor in filing a complaint, ” said headmaster, Olivier Briard.
The facility that hosts 3,000 students and is spread across 11 hectares in Montpellier is a daily prey, according to the
Snes (national Union of teachers of the second degree), ” multiple fights, damage, theft and antisocial behaviour of any kind, which generate a climate of tension “.
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With a staff of seven to eight teaching assistants present at the same time “, the union denounces the staffing levels inadequate. “Taking account of the manpower mobilized for the reception of the life of the school, to the inputs of the institution and to the cafeteria, there is only one supervisor to cover the court and all of the buildings. “
Threats of a strike
“Since 2014, we have advanced and adjusted the positions based on the realities of the institution where the unreliability is not a recurring problem, says the headmaster. On the other hand, it is facing a problem of managing the size and threshold effects. We will continue to find solutions together with the educational team. “
To date, the school has a staffing of 24 full-time equivalents for the management of the day school and the boarding school (he has 350 internal). And two jobs in a single integration contract (one less than last year), who are finishing their contract this year.
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The educational assistants require two additional positions, and the judgment of the watchers of the entries outside of rush hour, and believed to play a role as a security officer, and a reorganization of their work. They threaten to go on strike at the start of the school holidays of all saints if nothing has moved by then. “I hope they don’t happen there. I think a lot of the dialogue, resumes Olivier Briard. From our side, we will take the necessary adjustment measures. And I do not doubt that the board of education will review this situation with all the necessary attention. “They were to be received this Wednesday at the rectory.