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Elections in the hospital: after Segur, the hour of reckoning for trade unions has come – Sciences et Avenir

Two years after the Ségur de la santé and billions of euros in wage increases, the hospital unions that signed the deal, like those who contested it, are hoping their choice will pay off in elections starting Thursday.

Who will benefit from Ségur? The 1.2 million agents – permanent and contract – of the public hospital service are called upon to elect their union representatives in professional elections organized from 1 to 8 December.

The deadline is critical for the unions, which have split into two camps since the summer of 2020, when three organizations (FO, CFDT, Unsa) clashed with the government. At stake, in particular, is more than 10 billion euros per year in the form of constant revaluations for all industry personnel.

A “historic” agreement that “remains the main element of our balance sheet” and “the cornerstone of our campaign”, suggests Didier Birig. Leader FO-Santé, who finished second in the CFDT with nearly 25% of the vote four years ago, intends to “keep” that position and strengthen it to “pursue CGT more seriously” – a solid first place with over 31% of the vote in the last round.

To fill the gap, he is now pushing for “working conditions that are Segur’s second phase” and demanding “minimum staffing” in caregiver-to-patient ratio services.

The same struggle for his CFDT-Santé colleague, Eveline Rescanier, for whom Segur “still has grain to grind”, in particular over “night allowances”.

“We have a record, we are defending it, but this is not the end,” she says, demonstrating her desire to “come back second” in the election. And this will mean that you need to work better than the 24% collected in 2018. Even if it means advocating a “policy of small steps” in contrast to other unions, in whose eyes, in her words, “because not everyone has it, not everyone should have it.”

– Concerns about abstinence –

A small tackle went to CGT-Santé, which refused to initialize Ségur, which its general secretary Mireille Stivala still calls a “very insufficient protocol” to this day.

“We moved on,” she says today. This does not prevent her from claiming her share of this “fruit of the struggle and mobilization”, at the forefront of which she remains.

But his days of repetitive action are far from filled, despite the constant crisis that is undermining the hospital. A sign of the probable resignation of the troops, the main danger was designated by the one who “wants to remain the first organization.”

Ms. Stivala does not hide the fact that she is “concerned about the turnout”, which has already fallen to 44% in the last elections. Like other unions, she fears a further downturn due to the increasing use of e-voting, which she says has “dysfunctions”.

“It will inevitably be a drag,” says Jean-Marc Devochelle, number one at SUD-Santé. Seeking to “create a balance of power” with the executive, he intends to capitalize on Segur’s “still palpable frustration” to top his current 8%.

Just behind Unsa Sante, “the smallest of the big hospital unions” with just over 5%, “tables, of course in Ségur” will continue to develop, explains its leader Yann Le Baron.

Whatever the verdict of the polls, the outcome will not resolve the dispute between the two camps anyway. “We work with those who want to work with us,” CFDT says, as the FO laments that its “buoys deflated” on CGT “always got the end of inadmissibility.”

“We continued to mobilize, it was the others who stopped coming,” answers the CGT, which, however, believes that “this is not a complete break”, provided that everyone is ready to go “to the end”. A waste of time for the SUD, which believes that with the signers of Ségur “trade union unity no longer exists”.

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