The private security guards are on strike today in Paris (La Défense), after a call by several unions (CGT, CFTC and UNSA). In an open letter, the movement wants to denounce an increase of workload and risk exposure which has worsened since the terrorist attacks of 2015. The three unions also denonce the degrading working conditions, constant pressure of losing one’s job and a regular change of employers. In fact, some employees are required to have a second job to support their needs.
These unions ask companies to increase wages by 10% and transparency in the use of public subsidies, including aid granted and exemptions. Although the movement is supposed to put pressure on the employers and security guards are very angry, it is unlikely that it will continue. The guards are afraid of losing one or more days’ wages, which are generally close to the minimum wage (aka. SMIC).
Thomas LOUISY, IEJ 3F (Group 2)