The institution decided to close two additional weeks for the Christmas vacation: “The third week of the Christmas vacation at the beginning of January and a full week of distance learning courses in February will be set up,” explained Michelle Deneken, President Michel Deneken. university, in a video addressed to students and posted on YouTube on Monday, September 19.
Instead of resuming at the end of the Christmas break on January 3, 2023, students will return to campus on January 9, after a week of administrative closure and with no classes. Distance education week will be implemented in February.
Heat “as late as possible”
The university also announced it would open “as late as possible” in 19C temperatures. Michel Deneken also mentioned that a communication campaign “in favor of eco-gestures for a more sustainable planet” will be carried out.
As explained by Le Monde, the university’s energy (electricity, gas and heat) costs decreased from 10 million euros in 2021 to 13 million euros in 2022, with an extension of 1.5 million euros as a result of budget amendments. 20 million funds have been included in the temporary budget for 2023.
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Trade unions are up in arms
These announcements provoked protests from unions, including the FSU, which expressed itself in a press release: “Administrative closures are a violation of the principle of continuity of public service.” Believing that this is a “mandatory telework” that would pass on the “heating and electricity costs to be paid by the employer” to the workers.
The CGT of higher education and research institutions also expressed itself through a press release: “Tele work can only be carried out on a voluntary basis, and distance education cannot be a means of compensating for the lack of “State investment”. And let’s add that “It is completely unacceptable for the state to transfer its employer costs (heating, connection, electricity, catering, etc.) to employees and students.”
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