DIFFICULT NEGOTIATIONS AT THE KATIVIK SCHOOL BOARD (KSB) - TEACHERS MEMBERS OF AENQ (CSQ) VOTE MASSIVELY IN FAVOR OF A STRIKE

MONTREAL, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - At a vote for which the historic participation rate was 96%, the teachers of KSB, members of the Association of Employees of Northern Quebec (AENQ-CSQ) voted against Kativik school board's final offer at 88% and 85% ruled in favour of heavier pressure tactics, among them, a first day of strike on March 8, 2011.

« The message sent by KSB teachers and members of AENQ is loud and clear. An agreement will only be possible if a satisfying settlement is obtained on the following items: special education and the maximum number of students per class, a school calendar adapted to Nunavik's reality, everything touching housing, namely the taxation and, finally, the regional disparities, food cargo in particular », declared M. Patrick D'Astous, president of AENQ.

« We support AENQ in its pursuit of a satisfying settlement. It is time for the employer to show that they want to meet Northern Quebec teachers' expectations and of Nunavik's population who are within their rights to demand education services comparable to those offered to the rest of Quebec's population », added Guy Savard, vice-president of the Fédération des syndicats de l'enseignement (FSE-CSQ). 

KSB teachers, members of AENQ, supported an action plan aimed at putting everything in place in order for the negotiations to end in the anticipated results. Therefore, visibility and information activities will be organized. A first day of strike will be held on March 8, 2011 and will mark the start of a work-stoppage crescendo linked with the evolution of talks at the negotiation table. For that matter, a strike fund has been put in place and a media blitz aimed at possible future Northern Quebec teachers is being prepared. An unlimited general strike is already scheduled for right after the summer holidays if an agreement does not occur by the end of the present school year.

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FSE-CSQ represents some 60 000 school board teachers in Quebec, from all teaching sectors, whether preschool, primary, secondary, adult education and vocational training.

AENQ regroups teachers and support staff employees from both the Cree and Kativik school boards as well as employees from two childcare centres of Eeyou Istchee. It contains more than 1400 members working in, among others, the 9 Cree communities and the 14 Inuit communities of Nunavik. It is affiliated to the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) and is represented, among others, in the Fédération des syndicats de l'enseignement (FSE).

SOURCE ASSOCIATION DES EMPLOYES DU NORD QUEBECOIS (AENQ)

For further information:

Patrick D'Astous, president AENQ
514 916-2396  

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