May 2005 / Volume 11
Why a Bank of 5 Strike Days?
are we at the negotiating table?
The employer group has totally
rejected all of our demands.
It has maintained its attack on
our working conditions:
· By adding a series of principles which permit a complete reinterpretation of all of
the working conditions.
· By increasing mobility for all teachers placed on availability.
· By removing special education categories and weighting, thereby permitting inequities
from one school to the next.
· By removing union controls over school level changes to class sizes.
We have to prevent this employer
attempt to rip out the heart of our working conditions, the parameters establishing our workload, and find a way to advance
OUR demands. The quality of the services to the students depends on our success.
We have to force
the government’s hand.
2. Have our two days of strike done any good?
They certainly have! Here’s how :
Our negotiations made the
news and our demands gained more public attention than ever.
The President of the Treasury
Board, Mme. Jérôme-Forget, issued a number of public statements to the effect that the government is serious and wants to
reach a settlement before June 30, 2005.
· A political table for teacher negotiations (involving people closely tied to
the Treasury Board) has been formed.
The employer group clearly wants to get things moving.
3. Why do we need a bank of strike days?
A bank of 5 strike days is, in and of itself, a serious weapon that need not be used in its entirety. Should we find
ourselves still negotiating after June 30, this bank would enable us to act quickly as soon as school reopens in the fall.
We have to maintain
the leverage we have gained.
4. When will the days in the bank be used?
The days will only be used once the democratic bodies of the Cartel (FSE-QPAT) have conducted a thorough analysis and
concluded that this will facilitate progress in negotiations.
These days will
only be used if absolutely necessary.
5. Doesn’t a strike just mean that the government saves money
(loss of salary = more money for the government)?
We should be asking a different question : Are we prepared to exercise the pressure necessary to demonstrate to
the government that teachers are determined to go to the limit to improve our working conditions, and, in doing so, the learning
conditions for our students?
need your help for the final push!