Teachers strike: blockade before the Treasury Board offices

enseignants-greve-depuis-avaient-egalementNearly a hundred members of the Montreal Teachers Alliance occupied the building housing the offices of the Treasury Board, Stanley street in downtown Montreal. They were on the eighth floor.

The police were on the scene and they escorted the strikers to the exit. The president of the Alliance, Catherine Renaud, said that with this surprise visit to the Treasury Board, the “teachers clearly show that they are proud but angry. It is not the time to be scratch. ”

Like the leaders of the Autonomous Federation of Teachers (FAE), Ms. Renaud repeat they are ready to return to the negotiating table and that they have a cons-proposal.

“We left the negotiating table on November 3. It is unbelievable that does not rise to defend ourselves. I am thinking school boards. How can the Minister Coiteux say that all is well? He will have to untie the purse strings. ”

Teachers on strike since yesterday had also planned to disrupt the return to work of the management negotiating committee, on the 9th floor of the same building, but all access were blocked by the direction of the building.

No recovery Negos

The 34,000 teachers walked off the AWF for a second consecutive day while their negotiations with Quebec in the sector table was still deadlocked.

So are 800 schools and centers in the regions of Montreal, Laval, the Lower Laurentians, the Outaouais, Granby and Vaudreuil-Dorion affected by the release of three days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The AWF has left its sectoral bargaining table on November 3 and did not return since then, despite two attempts at rapprochement, the last of this week.

In an interview Thursday, the chairman of AWF, Sylvain Mallette, said he was still waiting for a call that would allow him to return to the negotiating table. But, again, it insists that a simple call without commitment from the government will not do.

He says the situation in public schools has become untenable because of repeated budget cuts and that there must be an addition of resources for students and teachers.

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