QUEBEC | Four-twenty-ten-seven percent of the surveyed teachers by their unions rejected the last offer of the government Legault, dating back to may 22, regarding the renewal of their collective agreement.
According to the Federation of trade unions de l’enseignement (FSE-CSQ) and the Association provinciale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (QPAT), 98% of the teachers have also reiterated that their new contract of employment should improve their working conditions and their wages.
The two unions said Friday, via press release, that “the spokesperson for the employer clearly did not have the mandates necessary to advance the discussions,” at the negotiating table.
“The proposed employer that has been presented constitutes a volte-face spectacular of the government in the face of its electoral commitments,” said Josée Scalabrini, president, FSE-CSQ.
“Of course changes, surprises and rabbits out of the hat, it took a lot, lately, in connection with the pandemic,” she continued.
Ms. Scalabrini believes that it “is far from the priority given to the education that we were promised. The needs and the suffering are in our institutions and centres for too long to accept that an agreement is settled at the expense of the teachers. The government says it wants to negotiate, but he must understand that teachers will not sign an agreement at a discount”.
During the election campaign, the CAQ has promised to abolish the first six levels of the salary scale of teachers in order to increase their compensation, recall the unions.
“The only measure put the game to retain teachers and more experienced teachers is a salary increase of a maximum of 2.5% of the approximately 800 teachers who could acquire the status of”teacher emeritus”, in contrast to increases of 5% falsely conveyed by the treasury Board,” write the unions.
“The pressing needs of teachers, which existed prior to the pandemic, will not disappear when they return to the classroom, quite the contrary,” said Heidi Yetman, president of APEQ.
“Many students, including several in difficulty, will need to make the upgrade to a new reality of school organization and the work in the class will not be easier, she added. The shortage that we are experiencing is the result of working conditions particularly difficult in schools. One wants to real solutions for teachers, not a dance in a confused and improvised, where the government makes one step forward and two steps back.”