CPES face one-day strike

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

Thou­sands of par­ents in the re­gion and across the prov­ince have had to scram­ble for child­care to­day, Mon­day as, short of a last minute change, some 400 early child­hood cen­ters across the prov­ince will close for a one-day work stop­page

More than 21,000 Que­bec chil­dren are ex­pected to be af­fected. In all, 578 fa­cil­i­ties will be closed. Some 11,000 teach­ers af­fil­i­ated to the CSN are hold­ing a first day of strike to con­demn the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of their work­ing con­di­tions.

Both par­ties broke off dis­cus­sions last Thurs­day and had not re­sumed at press time Sun­day.

The union claims that the gov­ern­ment is be­ing in­flex­i­ble in its de­mands and wants to push back the re­tire­ment age from 60 to 61 years, or else it would be up to the union to as­sume part of fu­ture pen­sion plan deficits.

The CSN in­sists that these de­mands are un­ac­cept­able, which has led to a stale­mate, as the gov­ern­ment re­fuses to ne­go­ti­ate this de­mand.

The CSN is also crit­i­ciz­ing the Que­bec gov­ern­ment for hav­ing im­posed bud­get cuts since 2014 that have had a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the qual­ity of ser­vices of­fered to chil­dren.

The ed­u­ca­tors have been with­out a con­tract for two and a half years. They voted 94 per cent in favour of man­dat­ing five strike days, but have so far an­nounced no other dates.

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