Monday, May 30, school strike: the causes of the protest

Monday, May 30, general strike in school (with demonstration in Rome with Flc Cgil, Cisl Scuola, Uil Scuola Rua, Snals Confsal, Gilda Unams), in protest of the government decree law protesting against trade unions, “opens critical questions regarding education , evaluation, recruitment, contract renewal, overcrowded classes and staff reductions “. In Florence, 20,000 teachers and Ata staff are interested. Below we publish the memo from the unions with the reasons for the protest:

“Monday 30 May will not be a day like any other: for the more than 20,000 teachers and ATA staff in the province of Florence, as well as for all school workers in Italy, it will be a day of abstinence from work and widespread reaction. , which is increasing from hour to hour, mainly due to the publication of Legislative Decree 36/22 (published in the Official Gazette on 1 May last year) and the provisions on the school inserted there: one concerning the training of teachers (and their presumed evaluation), the other concerning the recruitment of teachers.

TRAINING AND EVALUATION OF TEACHERS

The teacher education system designed by the decree stipulates that – only in part thanks to PNRR funds – a system with the following characteristics is activated:
– The education must be completed strictly outside working hours, in your own time free from school obligations
– all teachers can do it, but only 40% of the participants will receive a financial satisfaction, however ridiculous, after not well-specified assessments
the money for this satisfaction will be obtained from the savings achieved through the reduction of 9,600 professorships
– The money for activating the above-mentioned training course is deducted from the so-called Teacher Card, a credit note for permanent teachers for the purchase of books, registration for continuing education and refresher courses, digital tools and software for teaching.

This is a re-proposal – aggravated – of Act 107/2015 (the so-called Good School), because on that occasion at least additional funds had been allocated, however, for an operation also in the regrettable and counterproductive case.
In this case, a system has even been introduced that “cannibalizes” the school itself, through a kind of “self-transfusion” of resources: To satisfy FEW teachers, EVERYONE’s school loses, with the further cutting of the chairs (in addition to the deductions of already allocated funds to teachers).

NEW TEACHER RECRUITMENT SYSTEM

The new recruitment system we want to introduce is structured on four levels of selection (with ongoing inbound and outbound tests, even through real quizzes) comparable to an obstacle course found in no other category of workers. More than one insecure worker has in recent assemblies called it a “survival race,” and others have judged it more extreme than a survival reality.
What is even more serious, this cumbersome and unnecessarily complicated system will not even serve to reduce the “compensation” because it does not provide any quick way to stabilize the army of historical precarious workers (those with at least three years of training in state schools), without which the classes in our schools would be irreparably revealed. It should be recalled that for the province of Florence this year, the posts not covered by permanent staff amounted to approx. 2900, corresponding to one third of the total number of presidencies of the Florentine institutes.

CONTRACT RENEWAL

The strike was also called for demanding renewal of both the agreement for the three-year period 2019-2021 (already expired) and the agreement for 2022-2024 with the allocation of sufficient resources to recognize the work of teachers and ATA staff.

It is sufficient to remember that as far as teachers are concerned, a teacher from e.g. Germany or the Netherlands more than twice as much in salary as an Italian worker (OECD 2021 data) and another civil servant with the same qualification (Laurea)) is paid with one salary on average higher than 350 euros.

The renewal of the contract must, among other things, also be an opportunity to regulate many other aspects, including the education itself, but in a serious and not improvised way, as the decree does.

For teachers and staff, training and updating are in fact fundamental elements of professionalism, but they must be included in working hours – as is the case for all other public and private sectors – or paid for if they are worked overtime.

OVERWHELMED CLASSES AND ECOLOGICAL CUTTING

After the many words used in the long months of the pandemic emergency on the value of the school, of the pedagogical relationship between teachers and students, about the resumption of activities in presence, the strike will also be an opportunity to condemn the many failed promises this government on the solution of the age-old problem of overcrowded classes.

Just a year ago, the Ministry of Education and Palazzo Chigi committed themselves in the Pact for Schools to reducing the number of students per year. class (remember that in the province of Florence there are classes that even reach 31/32 students). None of this has been achieved, nor is it present in the government’s plans, which in the Economic and Financial Document launched in April last year, have already planned to further reduce the number of teachers and ATA staff through a fall in half a point of GDP, equivalent to about 7 billion, citing the cause of the decline in births and therefore in pupils (a phenomenon that is actually very clear: In the province of Florence alone, in the school year 2022-2023 we will have two thousand fewer students in the classroom).

It is an evil attitude that contradicts any logic of common sense: If students fall and classes become numerically smaller, teaching outcomes improve, learning improves, students achieve increasingly advanced results, and school dropout decreases.

It is clear that for the Draghi government and the Bianchi minister, these are not the priorities, but only economic compatibility remains.

The icing on the cake: the extra staff that in recent years has been crucial in ensuring sanitation, monitoring and support for students (especially the younger ones) will no longer be refinanced and we will no longer have it in our schools for September; from now on, school leaders condemn that they do not want to know how to guarantee openness and general leadership ‘.

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