MONTREAL, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The situation has reached a
standstill at the Coordinating office (CO) of La Ribambelle d'Aylmer.
Home childcare providers (HCPs) will be staging an important
demonstration in front of the CO's administrative offices on February
5, to denounce the harassment and various forms of abuse they have been
subjected to over several years by CO management, with the assent of
the board of directors.
The president of the Alliance des intervenantes en milieu familial de
l'Outaouais (ADIM-Outaouais), Kathleen Courville, maintains that CO
management at La Ribambelle d'Aylmer has, over time, become
increasingly contemptuous towards the HCPs and the union that
represents them, to the point where the situation can no longer
"Working relations continue to deteriorate within the coordinating
office, and all of our attempts to address the issue that management
adopt a more respectful attitude have led nowhere. Worse still,
management stubbornly refuses to recognize the right of our union to
represent and defend our members. The CO is therefore refusing to
collaborate with the ADIM-Outaouais in any way", says Kathleen
Prejudicial behaviours occur almost daily
"Management's hostility towards educators is virtually a daily
occurrence. HCPs are continually watched, threatened, victims of false
accusations, to the point where many are literally terrorized and have
decided to quit their jobs to put an end to it. There are even parents
willing to testify to certain inappropriate behaviours on the part of
management," states Kathleen Courville.
No response from the Minister of Families
The union leader states that the goal of the demonstration next February
5, is to rouse CO management's awareness and authorities at the
Ministry of Families, of just how far the situation has gone.
"Since 2012, we have called upon former liberal minister Yolande James,
as well as current minister, Nicole Léger, to request a meeting to
discuss the situation, to no avail. We have also tried to sensitize the
members of the CO's board of directors, but even they remain completely
subservient to management, when in fact, their role should be the
complete opposite," exclaims Kathleen Courville.
A CO that must be accountable
In the face of refusals by CO management and the Minister of Families to
address the situation and settle the problems, the president of the
ADIM-Outaouais warns that its members are determined to take the steps
necessary to get the respect they deserve.
"If no one wants to meet with us to listen, we must take to the street
to be heard. We all deserve respect. Harassment is never acceptable,
even when it comes from someone in authority. Directors and management
at the CO La Ribambelle d'Aylmer have gone too far and it's time they
become accountable to the HCPs and the Minister of Families," warns
An urgent meeting is called
The president of the ADIM-Outaouais says that an urgent meeting has been
called in recent hours by a representative of the Ministry of Families
to initiate opening discussions, but it's not enough.
"We will participate in the meeting taking place on Friday where
representatives from the Ministry of Families and the CO's Board of
directors should be in attendance. However, this is not enough. It will
require much more to reassure and satisfy our HCPs. We will be voicing
all of our demands during the demonstration to be held next Wednesday."
The demonstration will take place on Wednesday, February 5, starting at
6:30 p.m., in front of the administrative offices of the CO, located at
400 chemin McConnell in Gatineau.
The CSQ represents over 200,000 members, 130,000 of whom are in
education. It is the largest union organization in education and
childcare in Quebec. The CSQ is also present in the health and social
services sectors, childcare centres, municipal, leisure, culture, and
community services and communications sectors.
The Fédération des intervenantes en petite enfance du Québec (FIPEQ-CSQ)
represents nearly 14,000 home childcare providers and 2000 childcare
centre employees. It is Québec's largest union representing childcare
For further information:
CSQ Communications Advisor
Telephone: 514 237-4432