“Anti-union repression in education has taken on an unprecedented scale”

DOn Sunday September 4, Kai Terada, a mathematics teacher at the Joliot-Curie high school in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) for 16 years, received a 4-month suspension notification from the rectorate, without reason. Thursday, September 8, he was summoned to the rectorate of Versailles. His administrative file, which he was able to consult during the interview, was still empty. During the interview, the director of human resources told him that he had not been accused of serious misconduct, but that he would probably be subject to a “transfer in the interest of the service” procedure under 10 or 15 days, with the aim of “bringing serenity back to the establishment”. When his union defenders pointed out that it was contrary to all the principles of defense law, the director of human resources contented himself with indicating that it was not very serious, and that the case law was on his side.

“We, personalities from the trade unions, politics, education and culture”

Kai Terada was not chosen at random by the administration, any more than the Lycée Joliot-Curie. The school is a union bastion, on the front line of social mobilizations for years. Kai Terada is a recognized figure in teacher activism at the local, regional and national level. He is one of the leaders of Sud-Éducation, a union very regularly targeted by the ministry, in Hauts-de-Seine. He led a large number of strikes in his establishment and his city, is a figure in the General Assemblies of strikers at the level of Île-de-France, and is recognized for the important role he played in mobilizing the Touche pas ma ZEP (TPMZ) collective in 2016. Finally, it is very active in support networks for young undocumented migrants, in particular via the Education without Borders Network (RESF).

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Obviously, it is the trade union activist who is targeted in this decision of the administration. His colleagues point out: accusing Kai of contributing to the “lack of serenity” of the establishment is pure figment of the mind, in nameless bad faith. They were also numerous on strike from September 5 and gathered in front of the rectorate of Versailles on Thursday September 8 to support it.

With the procedure of “transfers in the interest of the service”, the administrative hierarchy has found a good vein. This was greatly facilitated by the 2018 law on the transformation of the Civil Service, by removing the obligation to present this measure to the competent joint committees. It is now purely and simply the act of the prince, who has no obligation to justify them: the cynicism put forward by the rectorate of Versailles when convening Kai Terada is a good illustration of this.

This is not the first time that the administration has used this procedure, since the case of the Collège République (Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis) in 2019. Since then, the administration’s argument has always been the same: it is restore serenity in the establishment, in defiance of all reality. The targets are also always the same: trade unionists, teachers engaged in their educational or associative practices. The interest of the service, under these conditions, is never that of the pupils, but that of the hierarchy, which can thus get rid of vigilant people at little cost, ready to point the finger at all its excesses.

Anti-union repression in education has taken on an unprecedented scale under Jean-Michel Blanquer, in particular against staff who challenged the establishment of the new baccalaureate in 2019. It therefore continues under Pap Ndiaye. The modus operandi becomes ever more Kafkaesque. It is time for this to stop.

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We, personalities from the trade unions, politics, education and culture, are committed to Kai Terada and the victims of anti-union repression in education.

We call, with the national inter-union for education, to participate in a rally in front of the Ministry of National Education on Wednesday, September 21 at 3 p.m., to demand the abandonment of the proceedings against Kai Terada, and the cancellation of all the decisions taken against all the repressed trade unionists in recent years.


Coralie Benech, co-general secretary of SNEP-FSU

Elvis Bruneaux, departmental co-secretary of SUD education 92

Marie Buisson, general secretary of the FERC-CGT

Colin Champion, President of the High School Voice

Christophe Delecourt, co-general secretary of UFSE-CGT

Patrick Désiré, national secretary of the UFSE-CGT

Simon Duteil, co-delegate general of the Union Syndicale Solidaires

Alissa Fouquet, federal secretary of Student Solidarity

Sigrid Gérardin, co-secretary general of SNUEP-FSU

Leny Gras, co-secretary general of the National High School Student Movement

Murielle Guilbert, general co-delegate of the Union Syndicale Solidaires

Adeline Le Guennec, departmental co-secretary of SUD education 92

Gwenaël Le Paih, Deputy Secretary General of SNES-FSU

Michaël Marcilloux, co-secretary general of the CGT Éduc’action

Gaëlle Martinez, General Delegate of Solidaires Public Service

Frédéric Moreau, co-secretary general of the CGT Éduc’action Versailles

Imane Ouelhadj, president of the UNEF

Marian Petitfils, departmental co-secretary SNES-FSU 92

Maxime Pouvreau, general secretary of the CGT Éduc’action 92

Emmanuel Séchet, Deputy Secretary General of SNES-FSU

Fatna Seghrouchni, Federal Co-Secretary of SUD Education

Jules Siran, federal co-secretary of SUD education

Benoît Teste, Secretary General of the FSU

Antoine Tardy, academic secretary SNES-FSU Versailles

Laurène Thibault, departmental co-secretary SNES-FSU 92

Maud Valegeas, federal co-secretary of SUD education, CSE representative

Charlotte Vanbesien, Deputy General Secretary of FERC-CGT

Sophie Vénétitay, general secretary of SNES-FSU

Céline Verzeletti, co-secretary general of the UFSE-CGT

Isabelle Vuillet, general co-secretary of the CGT Éduc’action

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Political figures:

Ségolène Amiot, deputy LFI-Nupes of Loire-Atlantique

Rodrigo Arenas, LFI-Nupes deputy of Paris

Nathalie Arthaud, spokesperson for Lutte Ouvrière

Olivier Besancenot, spokesperson for the NPA

Idir Boumertit, deputy LFI-Nupes du Rhône

Alexis Corbière deputy LFI-Nupes of Seine-Saint-Denis

Hendrik Davi, LFI-Nupes MP for Bouches-du-Rhône

Elsa Faucillon, GDR-Nupes deputy for Hauts-de-Seine

Charles Fournier, member of the environmental group-Nupes of Indres-et-Loire

Jérôme Legavre deputy LFI-Nupes of Seine-Saint-Denis

Sarah Legrain deputy LFI-Nupes of Paris

Mathilde Panot deputy LFI-Nupes of Val-de-Marne

Francesca Pasquini, MP for Hauts-de-Seine, environmental group-NUPES

Stéphane Peu, GDR-Nupes deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis

Sébastien Peytavie, deputy of the environmental group-Nupes of Dordogne

Christine Poupin, spokesperson for the NPA

Philippe Poutou, spokesperson for the NPA

Jean-Claude Raux, deputy environmentalist group-Nupes of Loire-Atlantique

Sabrina Sebaihi, member of the environmental group-Nupes

Aurélien Saintoul, LFI-Nupes deputy for Hauts-de-Seine

Paul Vannier, MP-LFI Nupes of Val-d’Oise

Léo Walter, deputy LFI-Nupes of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Personality of education and culture:

Joseph Andras, writer

Etienne Balibar, philosopher

Ludivine Bantigny, historienne

Nageate Belahcen, co-president of CIPF

Arno Bertina, writer

Laurent Binet, writer

Carla Dugault, co-president of the CIPF

Catherine Chabrun, retired teacher, Freinet pedagogy

Grégory Chambat, trade unionist and educator

Véronique Decker, retired teacher

Laurence de Cock, historian and teacher

Annie Ernaux, writer

Kaoutar Harchi, writer and sociologist

Mathilde Larrère, historian

Christian Laval, sociologist

Sandra Lucbert, writer

Philippe Mérieu, teacher

Irene Pereira, IRESMO

Fabrice Riceputi, historian

Patrick Silberstein, physician and publisher

Philippe Watrelot, pedagogue

Rachid Zerrouki, professor and author

Photo: © Serge d’Ignazio

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