Working conditions in education: the CSQ calls for strong measures from Quebec

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Working conditions in education: the CSQ calls for strong measures from Quebec

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Teachers, support staff, professionals…significant staff shortages are hitting the education sector.

Teachers, but also support staff and education professionals affiliated with the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ) presented their sectoral demands on Monday for the next negotiations with the government. Among the advances demanded, union members are demanding greater recognition of their professions and better conditions to combat the shortage of personnel that affects the entire sector.

On the theme We are worth more than candy – the sectoral demands were submitted on Monday, Halloween day –, four union groups affiliated with the CSQ, namely the Federation of Education Unions (FSE), the Federation of School Support Staff (FPSS), the Federation of Quebec Education Professionals (FPPE), as well as the Provincial Association of Quebec Teachers (APEQ) are asking the Legault government to put your shoulder to the wheel and act promptly to improve working conditions in schools and school service centres.

In the opinion of Brigitte Bilodeau, first vice-president for educational and professional files at the FSE, teachers in the education network thus expect the new minister, Bernard Drainville, to review the composition of the class and the list of tasks for teachers.

According to Ms. Bilodeau, these two elements are as many foundation stones of the trade, and represent the two aspects of the profession on which the members of the Federation would like progress.

“Staff shortage is getting worse; we will have to attract more young people to the profession and retain those who are already there to reverse the trend. »

— Brigiette Bilodeau, first vice-president of educational and professional files at the FSE

How to do it? You have to give air, give time, said Ms. Bilodeau.

The latter specifies that it is necessary that Quebec recognize that planning, evaluating, teaching, it is essential, and this is what should be the daily work of teachers.

The last negotiation made it possible to improve the remuneration of teachers, it was a first step, moreover recognized Ms. Bilodeau, before specifying that the financial gains had been made by the teachers at the beginning and at the end of their career; this time, it will be necessary to improve the remuneration of all teachers, she argued.

Finally, Ms. Bilodeau said she accepted the hand extended by Minister Drainville. It is hoped that he will listen to the words of the teachers, she said.

If the question of the shortage of personnel in the education network mainly concerns teachers, they are not the only ones to suffer from various problems; support staff and professionals are also struggling with their own issues in terms of staff retention and working conditions, hammered Brigitte Bilodeau's colleagues.

We don't we are not shadow actors; we form 40% of the network, recalled Éric Pronovost, president of the FPSS.

We are people who work every day to ensure that we all collaborate in to create a strong school team capable of meeting needs.

Here too, the challenge is to attract new employees, but also to retain those who have been there for a while.

In Mr. Pronovost's opinion, these are support employees who are often victims of cutbacks in the education network, especially since these workers do not find themselves in the government's discourse on this issue.

In addition, Mr. Pronovost maintains that the labor shortage in this branch of the network is linked to job insecurity, and that 70% of union members find themselves in this unenviable situation.

“Too long the government has stuck its head in the sand when it comes to support staff. »

— Éric Pronovost, President of the FPSS

Similar story among education professionals; Jacques Landry, president of the FPPE, also reports serious difficulties in attracting qualified people.

According to the latter, it has now been more than three years since the ;there are more than 500 professional vacancies every year.

The network has increased its use of private professional services, which are extremely expensive and disconnected from the reality of school environments, to make up for this lack. However, it has been documented that the most effective professional services are public services, which are given close to the student, in his environment, in consultation with his or her teacher, other stakeholders and parents, added Mr. Landry.

The education unions linked to the CSQ are not on their first outing to put pressure on the government; in mid-August, in the light of the new school year in college, three federations bringing together CEGEP staff had launched an appeal to improve working conditions, including salaries, to attract new professors and professionals, in addition to convincing current employees not to go private.

Current collective agreements within the Quebec public service will expire on March 31 next.

After the CSQ, it is the Quebec Federation of Labor that plans to file its sectoral demands next November and December.

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