May 24, 2022

Medico-social workers call for strike on Tuesday for wage increases

These workers in the service of disabled people or children in difficulty ask for the same salary increases as those granted to their caregiver colleagues.

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They are psychologists, specialized educators or social workers, and claim the same salary increases as those granted to their healthcare colleagues: social and medico-social employees, serving disabled people or children in difficulty, are called upon to strike, Tuesday, January 18, to denounce a “tiebreaker”.

From 450,000 to one million professionals, employees of the hospital and territorial public services or the private sector, are concerned by this situation, explained Monday during a press conference the representatives of an inter-union CFDT-FO-UNSA. These are non-medical staff – including administrators and technicians – employed in establishments or services that take care of the elderly or disabled, but also vulnerable children or adolescents, or the homeless. “Differences in treatment according to socio-professional category in the same establishment or the same service are not acceptable”, summarized during the press conference Nathalie Pain, of the CFDT Health / social.

Pay increases of 183 euros net per month were granted in the summer of 2020 during the Ségur de la santé to hospital and retirement home staff. But they have only been extended gradually and partially to other sectors, leading to a drain of skills for the better paid sectors and significant recruitment difficulties, denounce the unions. “It’s a problem of fairness. Some professionals resign, they are disgusted by the lack of recognition of their profession”, pointed out Didier Birig, of FO.

In November 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that a “conference of social and medico-social support professions” would be organized before January 15. However, this conference was then postponed during the first quarter, on an unspecified date, further fueling the anger of the unions. This consultation will finally take place on February 18, AFP learned from a government source.