September 19, 2021

“Getting up for less than 800 euros is insulting”

“Angry AESH / children, schools, parents, in trouble” or “Getting up for less than 800 euros is insulting”. On the signs, Thursday, June 3, read the exasperation of accompanying persons with disabilities (AESH) who came to hear, for the third time since the beginning of the year, their fed up near the Ministry of National Education, in Paris. Several other mobilizations took place all over France.

Small hands of the inclusive school, they are mostly women in the Parisian procession and in the profession. At the national level, the AESH are 110,000, or 10% of the national education workforce. In office for two years now, Carole [qui a souhaité garder l’anonymat] cannot be satisfied with his salary of 737 euros net per month. “If it weren’t for state aid, it was impossible for me to make ends meet”, testifies the forties, who cumulates another job in addition to his contract of twenty-four hours per week paid at the minimum wage.

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A situation shared by many of his colleagues, who find themselves having to hold multiple jobs. “We ask that these contracts be considered full time in order to have decent remuneration”, claims Manuel Guyader, SUD-Education representative in the Paris academy. A salary increase that would also improve the rating of the profession of AESH, whose needs are still important. In all, 385,000 children with disabilities have been accommodated in ordinary classes since the start of the 2020 school year.

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In addition to this remuneration below the poverty line (1,063 euros, or 60% of the median standard of living), Sanae recalls that “Precariousness also affects employment contracts”. Originally from La Courneuve, in Seine-Saint-Denis, this support worker has been working since 2018 and is still on a fixed-term contract (CDD), with a salary of 867 euros per month. “I never know if I will be renewed, it’s uncertainty every time”, testifies this woman accompanied by her colleague. After eight years of part-time CDD, Alexandra has just signed a permanent contract (CDI), also part-time. “The issue is our place within national education, we must have access to the same status as teachers”, insists the thirty-something.

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