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The creation of the European Collectivity of Alsace raises concerns among officials in the departments

“The ECA? No one knows what it is! “exclaims William Hertrich, CGT delegate from the Bas-Rhin department. Attached to a sovereign state and to the preservation of equal treatment throughout the national territory, the workers’ union denounces a community built between the two Alsatian departments and the State, “In a total absence of dialogue, both with trade unions and with citizens”. “The implementing decrees, we saw them like everyone else, as and when they were published in the Official journal, continues the trade unionist, but behind all this, it lacks a global vision. “ Largely in the minority within the two departmental collectivities, the CGT was barely involved in the social dialogue linked to the construction of the new European Collectivity of Alsace (CEA). But the majority organizations also recognize that this was done with forceps.

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Strongly disrupted by the Covid-19 crisis, the negotiations, made mandatory by the 2019 law, did not actually start until September. “They have enabled significant progress for the agents”, believes Christophe Odermatt, FO union representative. The hegemonic union within the Haut-Rhin departmental council will also be the first representative organization of agents at the level of the CEA. He was not in favor of the project, which he said was synonymous with job cuts. “The Alsatian departments already have administration rates among the lowest in France. To further reduce the number of agents is to raise the question of the usefulness of this new community and what it will really bring to Alsatians, beyond a logo on license plates ”, notes Mr. Odermatt.

Fear of being absorbed by the Bas-Rhin

On the ground, in any case, the unity of Alsace for the moment looks like a pious wish. The memorandum of understanding concerning the transfer of agents to the future community may have been adopted unanimously, it actually consists of two documents, signed in Strasbourg and Colmar, for lack of agreement between the trade unions of the two departments. . A division that maintains the fear felt by some of the Haut-Rhin agents: the one that the 67 ends up absorbing the 68. “The Bas-Rhin is more important than the Haut-Rhin, in terms of the number of agents and, above all, in the number of elected officials. There is therefore a risk that the first will impose its working methods on the second, even though the practices are totally different on both sides ”, worries the FO delegate.

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