MONTREAL, May 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - A few months before the second
collective bargaining progress gets underway for the 13,600 home
childcare providers (HCP) who are members of the Fédération des
intervenantes en petite enfance du Québec (FIPEQ-CSQ), and affiliated
with the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the FIPEQ-CSQ and the
Alliance des intervenantes en milieu familial de Montréal
(ADIM-Montréal) are starting consultation with their 2,030 members.
"Through mobilization and solidarity, we have succeeded in articulating
our demands and the value of our work. We intend to continue to build
on this momentum," said the President of the ADIM-Montréal, Carole
Demers. On Saturday, May 4, we will be holding an assembly to consult
with our members in Montréal. At all assemblies, HCPs are asked to
express their point of view about the priorities they want to see
highlighted at upcoming negotiations.
Focuses of improvement
The President of the FIPEQ-CSQ, Sylvie Tonnelier, pointed out that "the
group agreement negotiated in 2010-2011 expires on November 30, 2013.
We have to start defining our negotiating orientations and priorities
to enhance our working conditions. After two years of experiencing,
interpreting and applying the current agreement, we have identified a
number of areas requiring improvement in the upcoming negotiations. In
particular, we need to think about professional practice conditions for
home childcare providers and the value of their work."
Large turnout of HCPs expected
The president of the ADIM-Montréal, Carole Demers is urging members to
take part in the consultation assemblies. "The consultation stage is
really important, because it enables us to define the problems our
members are experiencing in the field and to formulate potential
solutions. It is based on this consultation that our demands will be
presented to the Ministère de la Famille for negotiation."
She recalled that the first group agreement signed by the HCPs improved
their working conditions. "We fought for 15 years to win the right to
unionize and negotiate. Now, we must assert our right to better working
conditions and better social benefits. Our work is to provide quality
public service and we are proud of it," concluded Carole Demers.
The Fédération des intervenantes en petite enfance du Québec (FIPEQ-CSQ)
represents about 13,600 home childcare providers and over
1,700 childcare centre employees. It is Québec's largest union
representing childcare workers.
SOURCE: FEDERATION DES INTERVENANTES EN PETITE ENFANCE DU QUEBEC (FIPEQ-CSQ)
For further information:
Christine Marceau, FIPEQ-CSQ Communications Advisor
Claude Girard, CSQ Communications Advisor