It is a profession that is 97% female, and which is not satisfied with the salary increases promised under the “Ségur” of Health. Midwives are on strike, until Sunday October 26 included, as part of a national strike movement called by several organizations.
Scheduled over three days from Friday to Sunday, the movement is “Very, very followed. This really shows that it responds to the real anger of midwives ”, according to Caroline Combot, general secretary of the National Trade Union Organization of Midwives (ONSFF), one of the two main trade union organizations in the profession.
She indicated that “More than 50% of liberal midwifery practices reported being closed this weekend”, that is “More than 3,000 practices”. On the maternity side, she reported about “150 maternities with 100% strikers with private maternities which have closed their doors and requisitions and assignments in public maternities”.
Remuneration, status …
The main claim is that of“A reflection on the profession of midwife in its entirety, whatever the modes of practice, to allow attractiveness”, the remuneration being one of the components, continued the person in charge of the ONSSF, citing in particular the question of the statute.
Slogan in a demonstration on May 5, 2021 in front of the private hospital of Antony, in the suburbs of Paris
Another trade union organization in this profession, the National College of Midwives of France (CNSFF) denounces ” a health policy that exploits us and exhausts us “, And rises against” a state that despises women “.
“We are on strike against a patriarchal system that has ignored our demands for decades and puts you in danger every day,” wrote the CNSFF in a statement.
The profession was disappointed by the announcements of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran in mid-September of an upgrading for midwives working in the hospital, who will receive from January a bonus of 100 euros net and a salary increase. about 100 euros gross per month.
Three quarters of the 23,500 midwives will benefit from it, for a monthly gain equivalent to the increase of 183 euros net already granted to all hospital staff at the end of 2020 as part of the “Ségur de la santé”.
This revaluation proposed by the Minister “Has never been so important in the history of the profession, but where midwives are angry is that this is not the only answer we expected”, explained Caroline Combot.
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Since the start of the year, they have already taken to the streets five times to demand recognition and staff. A new day of mobilization is already scheduled for October 7 in Paris.