The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Guadeloupe:
Educators Strike

Feb 17, 2020

Translated from Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers’ group active in France.

Almost all the middle schools and high schools in Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, were shut by strikes for some weeks. So were most nurseries and elementary schools.

Teachers and school administrators were strongly mobilized. Students and parents supported them.

The French government’s pension reform lit the fuse. Educators struck massively against it on December 5. Some schools voted to strike indefinitely from then forward.

The strikes and pickets spread widely in mid-January. In high schools, anger was aggravated by another reform forcing first-year students to take tests with no preparation.

The strike was suspended on February 6 after officials canceled the elimination of 72 school jobs. This victory is due to the struggle, even though many other demands remain unmet, assuming the government does what it promised.