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A senator from the Alpes-Maritimes wants to ban paid strike days for municipal employees


The parliamentarian LR Henri Leroy has tabled a bill to prevent mayors from continuing to pay their agents during mobilization days. “An illegal practice contrary to the neutrality of the public service”, he criticizes.

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A closed town hall and its agents in the street to demonstrate, while continuing to be paid.

For Henri Leroy, senator Les Républicains des Alpes-Maritimes, it is too much.

The former mayor of Mandelieu has tabled a bill at the Luxembourg Palace to ban this practice.

In recent weeks, the “Solidarity town halls” movement has supported the mobilizations against the pension reform.

Town halls and the services that accompany them close by decision of the first magistrate in order to allow municipal agents to demonstrate.

A way also to mark a symbolic opposition to the project.

“They are no longer mayors but political activists

, indignant Henri Leroy.

It is a misuse of public money.”

The senator goes up

"an irresponsible attitude"

of these elected officials.

The parliamentarian targets

“left-wing mayors”

and gives the example of the municipalities of Montreuil or Paris.

In Faches-Thumesnil (North), the mayor La France insoumise Patrick Proisy had also assumed on Twitter that he would not count the strike hours of the wages of his employees.

"This encourages them to strike"

, annoys Henri Leroy, pointing to

"an abuse of the right of the function"


The elected representative of the Riviera is all the more sharp on the case of the capital:

“Madame Hidalgo is a doctrinaire!”

"An illegal practice"

The senator makes the calculation compared to his previous functions in Mandelieu, a town of more than 20,000 inhabitants.

A day paid to all the agents without them working would cost, according to him, between 25,000 and 30,000 euros to the community.

The argument of solidarity with a national protest like the current one is not valid for him.

“It is a reason foreign to the interest of the municipality

, he continues.

Using taxpayers' money to strike is unacceptable.

It is an illegal practice contrary to the neutrality of the public service.”

Questioned on January 29 on the subject, the Minister of Transport Clément Beaune went in this direction.

“It is surreal, incomprehensible and unjustifiable.

It is a total confusion of minds, it is very serious what is happening in these town halls

, ”he had reacted on the set of the Grand Jury RTL / LCI / Le Figaro.

I refuse that the French are taken hostage by militant mayors who put their political demands before the proper functioning of our public services

Henri Leroy, Senator LR of the Alpes-Maritimes

To motivate his bill, Henri Leroy argues that this would be contrary to the code of local authorities and that the regional chamber of accounts can sanction these actions.

The mayor should pay out of pocket - or run his insurance - to incur liability as a person, not the city.

And therefore reimburse in some way the town hall he heads... In this desire to ban these practices, the senator says he has received the support of the Association of Mayors of France and its president, David Lisnard.

“The AMF cannot disagree with me regarding the use of public money for partisan purposes

, advances the Maralpine parliamentarian.

Behind this proposal, I also have the desire to protect mayors who may be under pressure.

He hopes to take advantage of his group's niche in the Senate to get his proposal passed.

He will soon talk about it with his president Bruno Retailleau, whom he has already notified.

“I refuse that the French are taken hostage by militant mayors who put their political demands before the proper functioning of our public services, which are already seriously disturbed”

, he sums up.

For him,

"there is urgency"

despite the tense social context because it could multiply.

Source: lefigaro

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