Well, here we are: the renewal of our collective agreement. It is finally time to improve our working conditions and consolidate our achievements. The last collective agreements have left a sour taste in our mouths. For several years, our salaries have not even kept up with the inflation rate. When austerity strikes, we get hit. As our services have paid for the last budget cuts, it is reasonable to expect that we can benefit from the return of the pendulum.
However, we have all heard the Prime Minister say that surpluses will not be for government employees and union members must be reasonable! I don’t know if you were as shocked as I was, but if anyone should exercise proper judgment and be reasonable, it’s the government.
Indeed, working conditions have significantly deteriorated in the past ten years. Positions have never been so hard to fill. Most areas struggle to attract and retain staff. The problem is particularly felt in the regions, but it is also experienced in urban areas. The school environment must be more appealing; it needs to be electrified.
We must improve the working conditions of professional staff. This must include salary, professional autonomy, improved working conditions, more say within institutions, recognition of seniority and more education professionals.
Many are wondering about our salary demands, especially since the public announcements of different groups. Some of our requests are aimed in particular at finding solutions to the problems of attraction and retention, to obtain fair remuneration and to have our education recognized. With your union representatives, we will work to clarify the exact form that these requests will take, this is a major concern.
In light of this challenge, only our determination and involvement can get us to the right place. We will need each and every one of you.
Let’s be supportive!
Président FPPE (CSQ)
La Passerelle Négo – Octobre 2019