On the forecourt of the Palais de Chaillot, it is impossible to miss them: on strike for almost a month, security guards are stationed in front of the entrance, distributing leaflets to foreign tourists who are a little surprised. Friday, January 27 marked the 27e day of uninterrupted strike by twenty-four of the thirty-eight security officers of the City of Architecture and Heritage (CAPA), in the 16e district of Paris. Supported by the CFTC and various entities of the CGT, the employees are protesting against a deterioration in their working conditions.
This museum, opened in 2007 and welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, employs 120 people but outsources a certain number of its key functions: cleaning, reception, mediation, and above all the security and safety. Every three or four years, a call for tenders calls into play the public market for each of these missions. Since 1er January, the company Korporate takes care of security, replacing Mondial Protection. Of the fifty-nine salaried agents of Mondial Protection, thirty-eight chose to stay at CAPA, while the others followed their former employer to other sites.
But the conditions of this award led to a strike notice even before the start of the contract: when they received their schedules on December 26 – five days late – the employees discovered a certain number of changes. The rhythms of work in particular have been disrupted. “I said that I wanted to be 100% during the day, they put me 100% at night because I did some repairs at night last year. I agreed to discuss but it was imposed on meindignant Hamid Messaoudi, agent on strike. People normally at the reception find themselves at the museum, when they are not used to it. It’s not the same job. Normally, the agent’s agreement is required, otherwise we become versatile without our knowledge. »
Other employees indicate a wider working hours, which leads in particular to the abolition of packed lunches, or the fact of working more days per month because the shifts are shorter.
No wage claim is at stake: the strikers mainly want them to remain on a site to which they are attached, with their previous working conditions. Some point to attempts to intimidate their new employer. They suspect him of wanting to make them work on other sites, by offering them only a few hours at CAPA, or of pushing them to resign.
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Source: Le Monde