The McKinsey affair has become a fixture in the campaign since the publication of a Senate report on the influence of private consultancy firms on public policy. So when we meet Sandra Demarcq, national secretary of Solidaires finances publics (SFP), a union for the defense of public services made up of agents whose job is to raise public funds, we cannot help but ask her what everything thinks. “We feel anger, but not really surprised because this government has the will to say that civil servants are no longer needed, he states in his office in the eastern part of Paris. It is public money thrown away for the benefit of private interests, with a company that doesn’t even pay taxes in France. “
“Not everyone was lucky enough to have Communist parents”
We met Sandra Demarcq near the Saint-Sulpice church in the spring of 2021. She was one of 100 public finance officials mobilized against the closure of tax centers and for better working conditions. The interunion (Solidaires, CGT, Force Ouvrière, CFDT and CFTC) had previously drafted a platform of 50 requests. A year later, and as the presidential campaign for the first round ends in a few days, he regrets that nothing has changed: “There is no reflection on what a public finance department should be. We can pay our taxes in a tobacconist’s and this doesn’t seem to shock anyone … ” She continues: “Apart from Mélenchon and the far left, we haven’t heard a single word of a fundamental reform of the taxation and taxation, while at the same time the income tax is less and less progressive. Most candidates are demagogic, saying we pay too much tax. But we forget to say why we pay it, for public services, social benefits, health … “
“Most of the topics covered in this campaign are completely disconnected from what the majority of the population is going through, said the union representative. We don’t even know what all or most of the candidates are wearing on social issues. “ We understand the anger behind her smiles, particularly towards the far-right’s proposals, Valérie Pécresse and Emmanuel Macron, whom she criticizes for not having finally drawn consequences from the Covid-19 pandemic on the issue of public services, especially the health sector. .
His anger has its roots in his youth. Sandra Demarcq, 50, grew up in an environment conducive to the desire to fight that she still has today. “Not everyone was lucky enough to have Communist parents!” she laughs. She says she talked to them very early on about social injustice and inequality. So when she enters history college to study the labor movement, “The second thing I did, right after paying the registration fee, was unionize!”
“Without mobilization and struggles, we get nothing”
A path he follows when he enters the job market where, in his subcontractor of France Telecom call center, he creates a section of Solidarity, affiliated to SUD PTT. “Being unionized in the private sector, plus in a small box, is more difficult because the risk of being burdened is much greater. But today it helps me in my unionism ”. After a few years of unemployment, she passed the competition and entered public finance. And she joins SFP at the pass. She also joined the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR) in 1999, she was also part of the leadership of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) at the beginning of the movement created ten years later and on Olivier Besancenot’s list during the 2004 regional elections. If she remains a member, she is mainly there to talk about her union commitment, which is why we met her in May 2021.
Talkative and sometimes even lyrical when recounting her struggles, Sandra Demarcq refuses to say who she will vote for, given her mandate as national secretary at Solidaires Finances publics. She admits, however, and it’s no surprise that the conservative arc from Macron to the far right doesn’t find favor in her eyes. But regardless of which candidate wins in two weeks, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon, she predicts: “Whoever wins, we will be on the street. It is not a question of recognizing or not the legitimacy of the vote, but we have the example of the Popular Front: without mobilizations and struggles we get nothing. Or how to remember that democracy does not stop at the single ballot.