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Weird News Archaeologists demonstrate in Paris for salaries

12:50  17 march  2021
12:50  17 march  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Gathered on March 16 in Paris, archaeologists denounced the absence of an increase in salaries within Inrap, and the gaps which are widening with other agents of the Ministry of Culture.

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Between "300 and 400 agents" from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap) demonstrated Tuesday March 16 in Paris for wage demands, we learned from a union source.

The archaeologists, coming from several regions of France, marched between the Cluny museum and the Royal Palace, where the Ministry of Culture is located, the ministry responsible for the public establishment, at the call of an inter-union CGT, FSU and Sud Culture Solidaires.

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A strike notice had been filed. The management of Inrap, contacted by AFP, identified 16% of strikers throughout France, which led to the closure of 10 excavation sites out of 192.

"Reduction of precariousness"

The strikers demanded wage increases, while "wages at Inrap have not changed in 20 years, and widen the inequalities with other agents of the Ministry of Culture", according to the SGPA CGT-Culture union. "All the actors agree to note the differences in remuneration between the agents of Inrap and those of the ministry, which are of the order of 15 to 18%", explained Daniel Guérin, deputy director general of the Inrap. Discussions are underway between the public establishment, the ministry and the unions, to "find a compensation mechanism" for this gap.

"We want real salary scales, not compensation", argued for his part Pierre Pouenat, SGPA CGT-Culture, who is asking for arbitration from the Ministry of Culture. The inter-union also demands "a real policy of reducing precariousness" within Inrap which has "250 fixed-term contracts out of 2,000 agents," said the unionist, welcoming a movement "massively followed".

Actions also took place in regions, notably near Rennes, where around fifty agents demonstrated in front of the archaeological base of Cesson-Sévigné.

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