BNF employees’ strike

Working circumstances on the Nationwide Library of France (BNF) have deteriorated considerably lately. As with different public providers, the instability of companies and the discount in employees (amongst different issues) are placing heavy stress on employees. Actually, two years in the past, an worker dedicated suicide at work.

BNF employees have been mobilized since 2 Might to defend working circumstances and have held common strike days each week since mid-Might. Revolution Interviewed with Christine Patureau, Deputy Secretary Common of CGT BNF.


May you briefly clarify what are your calls for?

We’ve got been mobilized with the FSU and SUD since 2 Might, when the BNF administration carried out a collection of measures that worsened the working circumstances of employees. We’ve got just a few requests, however we give attention to three predominant ones: the primary is relating to session of heritage works within the floor ground rooms which have been reworked final month. Up to now, a researcher may order the ebook of curiosity from the final catalog on the positioning and get it inside 40 minutes, now it’s important to do it for much longer prematurely and reserve books earlier than you arrive. With this new system, whereas beforehand work was higher distributed all through the day, shopkeepers must work a lot more durable, particularly on sure niches. Administration’s excuse for this modification is that it’ll save inner work for the shopkeepers, however in actuality that is primarily a results of a employees scarcity, particularly amongst shopkeepers.

The second demand is exactly about labor. BNF has gone by a sort of “cleaning” course of that has drastically decreased its workforce, particularly in merchandising companies. These are the actual key factors of the library: they’re class C brokers working in outlets, buildings, which regularly haven’t any home windows, as heritage works have to be refrained from gentle and ‘moisture’. The opposite corps can also be experiencing a discount in employees, however the warehouse homeowners are those who get essentially the most, and it isn’t over. Within the upcoming interval, for instance, there’s a danger that between 70 and 80 brokers is not going to be renewed in fixed-term contracts.

The third predominant declare considerations the standing of contracted brokers. In 2016, we fought to get them to be employed on everlasting contracts as a substitute of one-year, one-time renewable contracts. Though there have been solely 90 or 100 hour contracts per 30 days, it was a big enchancment. However now administration is stepping again to rent contract employees and returning to fixed-term contracts.

Regardless of our mobilization, he maintains his administration place. Due to this fact, we are going to proceed, not solely as a result of these calls for are too vital to be deserted, but additionally as a result of the mobilization has not weakened. Our plenary conferences at all times deliver collectively shut to at least one hundred representatives, which provides weight to voting on strike days. It is good to see a lot participation regardless of the excessive frequency of strikes.

Are you able to additionally inform us about your mobilization on the Richelieu web site (within the second district of Paris)?

Richelieu is a really previous web site that has simply been renovated. It’s deliberate to open to the general public in September, however there are issues right here too: the administration needs to extend the opening hours of the library, for instance, even on Sundays, and likewise create a brand new studying, however with out growing the employees. on web site. That is completely inconceivable! Our mobilization within the face of this ‘pharaoh’ reopening was in a position to receive little satisfaction: closing on public holidays and hiring new brokers, for instance, even when only a few and solely beneath contract company standing. . . . Nevertheless, these concessions is not going to be sufficient to enhance the working circumstances of the workforce.

You might be very supported by library customers. How can the general public enable you to?

Sure, the beauty of this mobilization is that customers take motion in a short time in opposition to administration’s mission. They’re very lively: lots of them come to our plenary conferences, take the ground, put ahead their very own calls for, and a few have even written media protection of worker mobilization.

Supporting us financially is what anybody can do: We arrange a solidarity fund for the strikers. We’d like it as a result of we’re 15to strike day and it isn’t over.

Do you handle to garner the assist of different associations and maybe different libraries?

Sure, we’ve the assist of educated communities that write press releases and relay our mobilization. I’m particularly considering of the French Affiliation of Librarians and the employees of different libraries, together with the Paris 8 college library.

We invite our colleagues from outdoors the library to talk at our common conferences. For now, we’ve not thought of joint actions, as our calls for are maybe a little bit too particular. However generally they meet up, particularly for something associated to rising quantity demand.

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