A national strike movement at the call of several midwifery organizations for the recognition of their profession was “very followed” Saturday, according to the National Trade Union Organization of Midwives (ONSSF).
Scheduled for three days from Friday to Sunday, the movement is “very, very followed. This really shows that it responds to a real anger among midwives,” Caroline Combot, general secretary of the ONSFF, told AFP. one of the two main trade unions in the profession.
She indicated that “more than 50% of liberal midwifery practices reported being closed this weekend”, or “more than 3,000 practices”. Maternity side, she reported about “150 maternity hospitals with 100% strikers with private maternities which have closed their doors and requisitions and assignments in public maternities”.
The main demand 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.
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 (97% of women) 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 the midwives are angry, it is that it is not the only answer which one awaited” , explained Ms. Combot.
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.