A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
It has already been more than a year since we filed our demands. The goals were clear: we wanted to improve our working conditions.
The problems of attracting and retaining professional staff are more evident than ever. For years, it has been impossible to attract and retain candidates in several employment sectors (support, educational and organizational services). To rectify this, and to ensure quality public schools that are accessible to all, it is imperative to improve working conditions. Subcontracting is certainly not the solution to the crisis in public services; it is rather a symptom of a problem.
Again this week, representatives of a major school service centre went so far as to ask the union to support its move to allow subcontracting. It seems surreal, but it is unfortunately true.
SSCs need to be a desirable employer, not only for us, but for those who will come after us. We should also bear in mind that the vast majority of our workforce and that of the public service are women, who are entitled to and deserve attractive working conditions.
The pandemic has made it extremely difficult to mobilize, and we have lost major opportunities for visibility and for gathering to assert our collective rights. Our spokespeople are at a stalemate and they need our support if we want to improve our working conditions… now and in the future.
The Labour Code has given us the ultimate means of expressing our dissatisfaction: the right to strike. It’s the most powerful lever we have, now that we are at a crossroads.
Your union will call you to a general meeting by the end of January to decide whether to hold strike days.
Having the right to strike is in itself a powerful measure.
Let’s be united and show solidarity!