As the review period is in full swing, unions are increasing pressure on the Cree School Board to bring collective negotiations to a successful conclusion and are even talking about all-day strikes.
Negotiations with the Cree School Board are ongoing, but the reality is that we have been negotiating for two years and there is no progress, even though it has been fixed elsewhere in Quebec.explained Éric Gingras, president of the Central Trade Unions of Quebec (CSQ ).
” We’re not talking about an uncertain general strike, but we have a three-day bank strike mandate. “
Last Friday, teachers, support staff and professionals went on strike for 1:30 p.m. Next time it could be a day or two strike, warned Mr. Gingras. He pointed out that union members had a three -day bank strike.
Bonuses and food transportation amid negotiations
Union organizations representing different trades (teachers, support staff and professionals) want to get the same kind of benefits as their colleagues from the Kativik school board, which covers the Far North of Quebec.
These requests are intended to significantly reduce the treatment gap that exists, in terms of working and living conditions, between their indigenous and non -indigenous members, strengthening the CSQ.
It wants to pay attraction and retention bonuses, which can increase the base salary by 10 to 20%, on all trades and not just given to employees from the South. The issue of bringing food is also part of the negotiations.
Invited to comment on the situation, the Cree School Board indicated via email can’t comment. We will provide more information soon.
Challenged by the Treasury Board
Mr. Gingras pointed that out as in the case of the Kativik School Board, the Cree School Board negotiated with the Treasury Board on a new negotiation protocol and additional funding.
It is time for the President of the Treasury Board to hold school board leaders accountable.He added
Created more than 40 years ago, the Cree School Board oversees 14 establishments that accommodate nearly 4,400 elementary and secondary students, as well as adults. It employs more than 1,000 faculty and support staff, as well as approximately 60 professionals.