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,
« 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.
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