Some hundreds of striking teachers have blocked access to the administrative staff of the headquarters of the Montreal school board (CSDM), Sherbrooke Street, in the early hours this morning. The teachers of that school board and began a rotating strike during depriving students today and tomorrow.
Present to the registered office of the CSDM, president of the Alliance of professors in Montreal, Catherine Renaud explained that the blockade is a symbolic gesture to encourage leaders to send a message to the negotiating table. The staff as security guards have respected the strike and turned back.
“You know, the Federation of school boards and school administrators are demanding more control over our tasks to the negotiating table. They already have a lot of control. What we are told, is to allow us time to prepare our courses instead of always meet in meetings and committees. We must respect our expertise, “Ms. Renaud said.
In the metropolitan area, most schools are closed alternately this week because of the strike. Tomorrow, she will receive the teachers and staff of the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB). Strikes also affect students from Laval, Montérégie, the Centre-du-Québec, Estrie and Mauricie.
On the second day rotating strikes the common front, yesterday, the Prime Minister Philippe Couillard reiterated that he wanted to see the parties find a common ground merchant. He said he was surprised that a settlement can not intervene in the government financial framework as was the case with general practitioners, municipalities and the union representing the employees of the Company ferries.
The Prime Minister invited the union to review the agreements that have been signed recently in Ontario that contain parameters that, in its view, resemble offered his government.
The common front inter-union, which represents some 400,000 state employees, demanding wage increases of 4.5% per year for three years. The government provides two years of wage freeze followed by increases of one percent per year for three years.
He also wants to increase from 60 to 62 the age at which it will be possible to retire without penalty.
“There have been advancements in the negotiations, but we never talk about improving the working conditions of teachers and the learning conditions of students. For example, we do not mean decreasing number of students per class. As for students in difficulty, we want recognition, “says Renaud Alliance.