Members of the Education Support Union of the Pointe-de-l’Île School Service Center (SSÉPÎ-CSQ) in northeast Montreal voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for a five-day strike.
This strike mandate was accepted by nearly 80% of the 3500 union members at their general assembly, when they gathered to express their dissatisfaction with the deadlock at the negotiating tables.
“The pandemic has brought to light the issues that have already existed for a very long time. Too often we have been taken for granted relying on our dedication. Our sense of duty has limits, that has to change, ”Stéphane Soumis, president of the SSÉPÎ-CSQ, said in a press release.
These primary and secondary education workers, who include administrative staff, student supervisors, as well as different types of technicians, have thus affirmed that their working conditions have sharply deteriorated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have already made significant concessions to take into account the current context, unfortunately we must remind the government that its angels have their wings cut. Recognition is more than a thank you at a press conference, it involves concrete actions, ”declared the union president in particular.
Unions affiliated with the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ) have until the end of January to hold strike votes.