AED, despised by Blanquer
Essential personnel, educational assistants (AED, AP and APS) have to deal with improper employment and salary conditions: One-year renewable fixed-term contract up to the now possible CDIsation at the end of 6 years, incomplete working hours, salary below the poverty line.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, their working conditions have deteriorated significantly, in particular due to the multiplication of the tasks assigned to them. The tasks defined in the texts of the regulations are so vague that they can be entrusted with all sorts of tasks, some of which are clearly outside their competence.
When this is the case, dealing with the hierarchy is often difficult, and leaders do not hesitate to toy with threats of non-renewal and disciplinary sanctions.
The contempt for educational assistants can be heard even in the parliamentary chamber, when amendments proposing to give the priority educational bonus to AEDs working there are swept aside. The only response from Blanquer, largely forgotten by the Grenelle de l’éducation, was the publication in December 2021 of a decree that opened up the possibility for AEDs to work overtime, a blank check issued to the heads of facilities to allow they were able to put pressure on the AEDs and they increase their working hours according to the needs of the service.
Faced with authoritarianism: the collective and solidarity!
With the mobilizations of the winter of 2021, many local collectives of educational assistants have emerged, which are combined in a national coordination.
These collectives have made it possible to break the isolation in which the AEDs find themselves, to create solidarity at city or departmental level, to stimulate local mobilizations and to set up strike funds.
She fully supports this dynamic of self-organization of SUD Education and calls for the empowerment of AED collectives.
The National Coordination of Pedagogical Assistants Collectives calls for a new national strike day for AEDs on March 22, 2022. SUD Education is calling on the educational assistants to heed this call and is submitting a strike notice for the day.
The CDIsation is not enough to get out of precariousness: let’s win our term!
On February 24, 2022, the National Assembly finally passed the School Harassment Act, one provision of which provides for the CDIization of AEDs after 6 years of contract.
CDIsation, what does it change?
All contract employees in the public sector are automatically offered a permanent contract after 6 years of fixed-term contract with less than 4 months break between each contract. Previously, DEAs were wrongly exempted from this provision.
✅ If possible, permanent staff will be employed full-time.
✅ The CDI is not renewed every year: The head of the facility can no longer threaten you not to renew your contract at the end of the year if you are on a CDI!
❌ The AED used in CDI on “missions”, the administration always wrongly assumes that AED is not a job! The AEDs perform tasks that are essential to the public education service and that must be recognized by creating a truly fair and protective status!
❌ The CDIsation does not imply a salary increase, salary must be reviewed every 3 years, but there is currently no salary development grid for AED. This CDIsation measure is largely inadequate: with a CDI at minimum wage, the government keeps AEDs in poverty. The AED in CDI works for a net salary of 1269 euros for a full-time 41 hours a week: this is exploitation!
❌ The AED in CDI has no civil service: He or she does not have the same rights as civil servants, which is why SUD Education claims tenure of any AED staff who so desires!
For educational assistants, SUD Education requires:
- the unconditional tenure of any staff who so desire, through the creation of school educator status
- the salary increase with a national salary increase grid based on seniority;
- reduction of working hours;
- Obtaining the REP/REP+ bonus for all employees working in the priority area of education;
- the abolition of the accommodation allowance in boarding schools;
- the establishment of a stand-in brigade in the departments so that the AEDs used in the company are not burdened with covering absent colleagues;
- the massive recruitment of AED personnel and the end of recruitment by heads of institutions: for academic recruitment;
- Access to training and an increase in training credits.