The president of the home educators' union, Valérie Grenon, calls on the Minister of Families, Mathieu Lacombe, to stop “throwing oil on the fire” on the second day of a strike started by members of her organization .
Tuesday morning, questioned on the air of 98.5 FM to know if he considered educators as cheap labor, the minister said that “it is a choice made by people who start education at home. […] they make this choice knowing what they will receive ”.
“I apologize, but I [such a statement] did not help me get the cat off the tree. My members are even more angry after these comments. So he should hire a new communications advisor, ”Valérie Grenon, President of the Federation of Early Childhood Workers of Quebec (FIPEQ-CSQ), said on Tuesday.
In an interview on the sidelines of a demonstration in front of the National Assembly on Tuesday, she asked the minister to “pay attention” to the comments he made, adding that educators deserve more recognition for their work.
Monday, Mathieu Lacombe deplored personal attacks against him by members of the FIPEQ-CSQ while describing as “ridiculous” and “far-fetched” an accusation of the union that it is waging an “ideological war against the economic advancement of women. “.
While deploring the personal attacks against the minister, Valérie Grenon maintains that the members of her union, made up almost entirely of women, are victims of an unfavorable prejudice when it comes time to negotiate their salary conditions.
“If we were with the construction guys, they would have done a day or two of strikes and they would have shuffled a little more than women can shake up the shed,” she said.
Ms. Grenon gave the example of beneficiary attendants, another profession mainly made up of women, who had to wait for the arrival of a global pandemic to see a marked improvement in their working conditions.
On Tuesday, representatives of the FIPEQ-CSQ and the government met for the first time with a mediator appointed by Quebec, without results.
For Valérie Grenon, this measure is insufficient, because it will not allow the dispute to be settled quickly. She said the union preferred to have an arbitrator who would have the power to decide.
The issue of the salary of home educators is at the heart of the current conflict. Paid with a subsidy based on the day of employment, the educators say, in fact, earn $ 12.42 per hour taking into account all their obligations, or less than the minimum wage, which has been increased to 13, $ 10 an hour last May.
The union is asking for an increase equivalent to $ 16.75 per hour.