(Trois-Rivieres) If the Quebec government officials had promised the government a hot autumn, with six days of rotating strike, community organizations will not be outdone. For the first time in their history, they will take the streets Monday as part of a social strike that temporarily paralyze their community action.
Last Wednesday, the grumbling had invaded the streets of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, while more than 30,000 civil servants, teachers, support staff and health workers had erected a picket line at their place of respective work . Today, same thing. But this time, it is the workers who work in a community organization that will express their discontent to the government of Quebec. Of the 300 organizations registered in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec health and social services, more than 200 will take to the streets to demand no more, no less, that their survival.
Headed by the Regional Table of community organizations in health and social services Centre-du-Québec-Maurice (BARTER MCQ), the social strike seeks to be heard to the government the importance of the work of community organizations. More specifically, it calls for full funding to the overall mission and the annual indexation of government grants. Finally, we hope the end of budget cuts and a major investment of around $ 225 million to the four corners of Quebec.
“The response of some ministers and MPs who questioned whether community groups were not too many and they were perhaps not consider merging their services shocked us a lot,” said the coordinator of the MCQ BARTER Renaud Beaudry.
With the closure, or partial, community organizations during this day of social strike, Mr. Beaudry is well aware of the negative impacts that will result for the users of the service. However, it considers temporary closure is a lesser evil to the final closure threatens some community groups.
“It is expected that people criticize us, perhaps even the elect, but we what we say is that with the increase in service requests and reducing our financial resources, some organizations anyway will be forced to close their doors or reduce their activities. If you go out in the street, that’s something that happens. ”
A reality that hangs like a sword of Damocles hanging over a body like the House Connivence, which helps victims of domestic violence. “We are a community organization and we do not know what awaits us. We do not know in the future if we’ll have to cut services. Do we need to drop some direct services to abused women and their children? It is not known, “says the assistant director, Sylvie Beaudry.
“The austerity measures implemented by the government have a direct impact on our customers. That is why we will participate in the social strike and some of our services, excluding hosting service, will be closed Monday. Currently, we feel a withdrawal of the State with services to the community, a disengagement that will penalize the less fortunate. The impact will be felt in both children and adults, either in terms of health, the level of basic well-being, good food, good shelter, get warm. ”
Carrefour assistance unorganized \ es (CANOS) are two social strike days who will be honored Monday and Tuesday. The Executive Director of the organization, Marie-Josée Magny, believes that social strike had become inevitable. “We went there because our representatives, our elected officials do not listen to us more. They do not recognize our expertise, do not recognize our legitimacy. All we hear, these are promises, promises and promises, “she notes.
In the street, for the street
Everywhere in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, assembly points will grow like mushrooms Monday. In Trois-Rivières, 37 organizations will forge a human chain, from 11: 30 pm, between the office of MPP Three Rivers, Jean-Denis Girard, and her federal counterpart, Robert Aubin.
At Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan and Saint-Maurice, 10 community groups and social enterprises distribute leaflets flying and chocolate from 7 h 30 to St. Genevieve and 16 pm at St. Maurice. Ditto the Centre-de-la-Mauricie where twenty organizations will gather at the constituency office of MP Pierre Giguère between 11 am and 12 pm 15.
In Saint-Tite, hot soup and coffee will be served by a dozen groups from 11 am, while in Maskinongé, a picket line will be drawn outside the office of MP Marc H. Plante between 11 am and 12 h 30. At that hour, 11 community groups will march to the office of the MP Julie Boulet on Commercial Street in La Tuque.
In the Centre-du-Quebec, leaflets kites will be distributed in Nicolet, Pierreville, Princeville and Saint-Léonard, while the broth and cakes will be offered in Plessisville before the Organization of building anti-poverty recovery of the Maple, located on Avenue Rousseau, between 11 am and 13 pm.
Note also that the Bécancour Gentilly Boulevard will be closed temporarily to allow a dozen community groups to invite the deputy Donald Martel to taste a soup and a cheese sandwich. A similar menu will be served in front of the building La Marguerite in downtown Drummondville between 8 am and 15 pm.
Finally, in the Bois-Francs, a rally against austerity will take place behind the Community Place Rita St-Pierre on the Monfette street Victoriaville, between 9 am and 11 am.
To avoid drowning their message, community organizations do not intend to join their voices to the Common Front, which will take the street again on 12 and 13 November.