The return of children with multiple disabilities to their Airelles reception center in Baie-Mahault is proving difficult. Access to the structure has not been possible for 5 months due to the mobilization of the UTAS-UGTG against the compulsory vaccination law. The center’s management organized a meeting with the parents this morning to discuss the conditions of recovery. They were able to enter the facility under the escort of the gendarmes.
Complicated situation in front of the “Les Airelles” center this Monday, April 4th. It is the only care center that accepts children with multiple disabilities on the territory.
This morning the director wanted to meet the parents to discuss returning to the site. The center had been blocked for just over 5 months by staff opposed to requiring caregivers to be vaccinated.
9 employees were suspended, two opted for the retraining system introduced by the authorities.
To ensure the care of the children these last few weeks combined with a significant disability severe mental and motor impairmentsand sometimes in certain autistic disorders, home visits have been arranged. The Baie-Mahault town hall had also made a room available to the team to receive children and families.
Temporary solutions that ended this morning.
Hence this meeting under tension. After a mother indicated that she had been prevented from entering the facility by strikers, the gendarmes were dispatched to the scene of the crime.
Parents, children and employees were therefore able to enter the company premises under the watchful eye of the police.
Among them Rosy Sophiyair, mother of Rilcy, 12 years old. She awaited her son’s return to Les Airelles. She also admits to needing help, emphasizing the medical framework. Taking care of a “severely disabled” child outside of work isn’t always easy, she explains.
When she states that she is not opposed to the strike, she does not accept the insults and jostling she says she has been the victim of. She also said she intends to file a complaint should it happen again.
I will not allow my disabled child to be pushed around.Rosy Sophieyair, mother of Rilcy
The management, for its part, is trying to calm things down. This reopening was played out in court. From now on, Annabelle Voudou, the director, wants to return to an almost normal activity. Due to the suspension of anti-vaccination staff, the center has had to reduce the number of children admitted, but for them the most important thing is that they have proper aftercare.
We are there, the employees are there and we have only one desire, to work for the children, at the service of these families who have had to manage a very complicated schedule for the last 5 months. With children who do not have access to an inclusive school. They normally have access to school with us. So we will fight for them.Annabelle Voudon, Director of the Center “Les Airelles”.
Fight for these children, these words are uttered by others, the striking agents… They consider that they have not committed any professional misconduct and are demanding to return to their jobs.
Marie Rosbif, medical-psychological assistant elected by the CSE UTAS-UGTG, at the “Les Airelles” center for 28 years, is mobilized. She wants to negotiate with the management about a way out of the crisis. According to the supervisor, the request remained unanswered.
There is no solution for us to go back to work.
Marie Rosbif does not move, there were solutions for the suspended staff to resume their activities.
Meanwhile, management and strikers remain deadlocked.