Three trade unions of Météo France (Solidaires-Météo, SNM-CGT and SNITM-FO) announced on Tuesday to file "a long strike notice" between December 4, 2023 and January 4, 2024. "This notice concerns all the staff of Météo France and more particularly all forecasters and staff of other services of Météo France whose activity is impacted by 3P," details the press release.
@meteofrance news: following the recent implementation of fully automated forecasts (except for vigilance), there is deep unease among all forecasters who are worried about the quality and consistency of the information produced. Long-term strike announced ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Q6opB4BIEn
— FO Weather (@MeteoFo) November 28, 2023
Behind this 3P - for production forecasting programme - hides according to the unions a reorganisation that could have "concrete impacts on the information given to the general public and for the safety of people and property". In particular, it provides for the automation of forecasts for the general public. "The automatic forecasting data could be inconsistent with the Vigilance (which will integrate the expertise of forecasters)," the unions already feared at the beginning of November.
In a new press release published on Tuesday, the trade unions denounced an automated production line "not sufficiently robust, sometimes giving aberrant results", insufficient training for forecasters and a "decline in quality of service". "All these elements of dysfunction generate stress and anxiety that are particularly harmful to the health of agents," the unions say.
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They also demand that "the general management admit the fundamental problems posed by this reorganization" or that the "production line" be returned "in order to provide a service rendered at the level of our establishment".
Faced with these criticisms, the management of Météo France explained to Le Monde in mid-November that "the 3P program [facilitated] the work of the forecaster by eliminating systematic manual entry and limiting him to supervision with punctual interventions in the base". "Thanks to technical progress, we can now strengthen the automation of our forecasting database and also certain production tasks," Le Monde's management also justified.