“We realized that the four-day week is requested as an element of flexibility by agents, that it is an element of attractiveness for a certain number of potential young agents,” explains the vice-president of the community, Syamak Agha Babaei.
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The project is there but the reflection is still underway to finalize the conditions of the test. The Strasbourg Eurometropolis will experiment with a four-day working week in 2024 as well as the introduction of menstrual leave, AFP learned on Tuesday from the vice-president of the community, Syamak Agha Babaei. “We realized that the four-day week is requested as an element of flexibility by agents, that it is an element of attractiveness for a certain number of young potential agents, and finally that it could have a beneficial effect for young parents who want to increase to 80% (working time) after a birth”he explains.
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The metropolis plans to launch an experiment in 2024, with volunteer agents, of a 35-hour week over four working days. “This is not without asking a certain number of questions, this implies extending the duration of daily work” to go from seven o’clock to eight forty-five, underlines the elected official. “This is one of the subjects that we are discussing with the trade union organizations.”
Treat menstrual leave “from the perspective of sick leave”?
The community also wants to experiment with the introduction of menstrual leave in 2024. “There are some pitfalls to avoid. Some communities treat the subject from the angle of sick leave. But that involves providing medical certificates, and then do we consider it as an illness?“, asks Syamak Agha Babaei.
“But if we do not consider this as an illness, it raises the question of the equality of agents before the law. We still have to address all of these subjects.” The elected official thus indicates that he wants “take time”and hopes for the establishment of a system “stabilized” during the year 2024.
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The environmentalist town hall of Strasbourg also intends to put in place from 2024, and permanently, the 32-hour week paid 35 for its Atsem (specialized territorial agents of nursery schools), to take into account the “well-documented, well-proven hardship” of the profession, explains Syamak Agha Babaei, also first deputy to the mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian. He hopes that this new organization will facilitate recruitment in order to achieve the objective “one Atsem per class” in the city’s approximately 130 nursery schools.