Pension reform: Education staff based in the islands very mobilized

The national day against pension reform caused major disruptions in schools, this was particularly the case in Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, but also in Rikitea. According to the unions, 84% of teachers at Taiohae College (the largest college in the Marquesas by number of students) were on strike. In general, the movement was very popular in the islands. Overview of the archipelagos.


State civil servants working in the islands have generally followed the strike movement launched at the national level against the pension reform pushing back the legal retirement age from 62 to 64 years.

According to education figures and only DGEE education + schools + establishment, the mobilization was “good in the islands”.

Around 10:30 a.m., 47,17% of all education personnel were on strike.

1st degree: 57,33%

2nd degree : 38,74%

At the end of the day, overall participation rates in education hovered around 60% :

In the end, more than half of the teachers went on strike.

On the sister island, the strike movement was followed by 1st degree teachers. In fact, by decision of the mayor, all the schools on the island have been closed. But the parents had been notified yesterday.

The daycare on the east of the island was not as busy as during the last discontent of the teachers.

This strike had no repercussions at the Afareaitu hospital. Only today’s specialist appointments have been postponed.

Like last year, the striking teachers marched through town, starting from Tamatoa Square in Uturoa and ending in front of the administrative subdivision facing the gendarmerie, via the Kuo Min Tong.

A good sixty participants, supervised by the gendarmes and the mutoi, demonstrated in a good-natured atmosphere. A single day of strike like last year in solidarity with colleagues in mainland France, even if some did not participate, arguing that they only contribute to the CPS and not to Social Security.

On the other hand, soldiers and retired teachers joined them in solidarity.

On the sacred island, public kindergartens in Uturoa have all been closed.

On the other hand, no strikers in the private Protestant schools. In secondary school, out of the twenty teaching staff, 6 went on strike, but no non-teaching staff.

In the Catholic AMJ kindergarten-primary sector, only 2 out of 10 classes were open and paradoxically all classes remained open in the secondary.

This morning in Bora Bora, some of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the Ihitea No Vavau high school also wanted to express their dissatisfaction and participated in the strike, according to the UNSA.

Thirty people demonstrated at the entrance to the school using banners, posters and explicit signs.

This event only lasted 1 hour and allowed the various personnel to discuss and share their opinions.

This is the case of mama Riri, non-teaching staff, who at 60 works for the school and wants the retirement age not to change. Leave earlier to preserve the health of future retirees, especially those who will only receive a small pension.

It is in this archipelago that the national day of action against pension reform caused major disruption in schools in Nuku Hiva this Thursday, January 19.

According to the unions, 84% of teachers at Taiohae College (the largest in the Marquesas by number of students) were on strike.

Strikers in Nuku Hiva.

However, two agents as well as two contractual supervisors were requisitioned to take care of the boarding students of the college and Cétad and prepare their 3 meals of the day.

As for the 4 public primary schools on the island, 100% of the teachers were on strike and therefore no pupil was welcomed into the primary schools.

On the other hand, all the heads of primary and secondary schools were on strike.

For Olivier TAUHIRO, union representative and technical agent of the college of Nuku Hiva, this strike is necessary. He hopes before that this movement has been understood by the parents whose children could not go to class today. “I think the parents have understood us, we are doing this strike for our colleagues who are going to retire. Later, we will be asked to work a little more and we don’t find it normal for it to happen like that. “.

In Ua Pou, at the call of the UNSA and FSU unions, the national education strike against the pension reform at age 64 was followed by 100% of primary school teachers in the island’s primary schools and by 70% of secondary school teachers at Ua Pou middle school.

Barely fifteen strikers gathered this morning in front of the town hall of Avatoru, to support this movement.

At Rangiroa College, there were some disruptions in classes. The teachers present provided their teaching normally, while the students whose teachers were absent went to study.

Ditto on the side of the primary school of Avatoru.

On this Tuamotu atoll the strike movement was rather well followed without having to close the schools.

About twenty people with banners showed up for about ten minutes this morning in front of the town hall of Hao in support of the strike movement, the time to take photos.

On the atoll all the primary school teachers went on strike, as well as all the maintenance and technical staff of the college. Only a quarter of college teachers have not worked.

However, schools have not closed. A minimum service was provided at the primary school where about ten children were cared for. In college, school life went on normally because there is a majority of boarding students from remote islands and atolls.

Unfortunately, the striking trade union leaders on the spot did not wish to express themselves on the subject.

Only one resident of the atoll, Ine Tehuitua, a baker by profession, spoke out in support of the movement.

Twenty teachers mobilized today to express their dissatisfaction
against extending the retirement age.

Armed with a sign, the group met in front of the town hall.
The representative of STIP, Magnana VIRIAMU, primary school teacher, expressed her disagreement with this reform, supported by Marjorie TEPAPATAHI, principal of the primary school, who detailed the
difficulties faced by people of advanced age in education.

In Tubuai too, state officials demonstrated.

In all, sixteen teachers from primary and nursery schools on the island and four teachers and staff from the college made up this delegation.
Even if the teachers have decided to strike, this does not mean that the schools on the island have closed. The children and students were welcomed by the supervisory and supervisory staff.

In Rikiitea, it is no surprise that the new reform aiming to push back the retirement deadline to 64 years old was not well received. The thirteen teachers of the Maputeoa school as well as their directors therefore went on strike to protest against this project.

The 199 pupils of the primary school thus had to stay at home, which did not facilitate the task of the parents. “I am a working mother, I have a license. If my children cannot follow a school course, it will be a problem for us. Hoping that it will not last too long because the children need to have their up-to-date curriculumsaid Natacha MARERE. “It’s very annoying because I have my daughter with me at work, I hope the strike won’t last long”s’est plainte Hawaii TEAKAROTU.

To Rikitea, a mother rather embarrassed to have to keep her daughter at work.

Teacher, Torea MARAIAURIA is satisfied with this day: “Tomorrow in any case we will not be reproached for not having done so [la grève]. That’s why we are doing it today with all the colleagues from Maputeoa Primary School”.

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