Members of the Montérégie Union of Professionals (SPPM-CSQ), affiliated with the Federation of Professional Education Professionals of Quebec (FPPE-CSQ) demonstrated yesterday, June 9, on the occasion of the 3e strike day
Schools were therefore closed by picket lines in the morning. For months, 250 education professionals have been asking the Quebec government “to negotiate fairly with all the players in the school network to avoid a massive exodus to the private sector in the coming weeks”.
The union affirms that there is a significant wage gap between the staff of the education network, made up mainly of women, and their counterparts in the public service, the parapublic and the private sector.
“By choosing to make salary adjustments targeting only the group of teachers, the government is creating an imbalance that undermines the entire education network,” said Dominique Gagné, vice-president of the SPPM-CSQ, in a press release. .
The members fear “serious problems of attraction and retention in the network, in all the employment groups which all contribute to the success of the pupils and to the functioning of the school”.
“The real mystery will be how many professionals will remain in their posts, at the end of the day,” adds the vice-president.
The Montérégie Professionals’ Union (SPPM-CSQ) represents more than 1,300 members, of which nearly 250 come from the Grandes-Seigneuries School Service Center. The members are composed among others of psychologists, psychoeducators and psychoeducators, speech therapists, counselors and guidance counselors, remedial teachers as well as staff in the administrative and educational sectors.