Education Support Staff to strike
sector support staff workers are planning to strike today along with the teachers. “When the government makes budget cuts in the education sector, it is the support staff that’s attacked first. Support staff members are considered like second class workers to the government. It’s a distressing fact especially when it’s been shown that students interact more than twenty-five times a day with support staff. How can they be so under-valued when they develop good connections and relationships with the children?” commented Julie Dubois, the president of the Townships Regional Union of Support Staff (TRUSS-CSQ).
“The way services are funded is completely absurd. Instead of providing finances to meet the needs expressed, the government gives a half-starved budgetary envelope that we have to make do with. The consequences of this under-funding are numerous and have direct impacts on the children, the support staff workers and the other school personnel,” continued Mathieu Couture, the interim president of the SPTA (Syndicat du personnel technique et administratif de la C.S. de la Region-de-Sherbrooke).
Other issues the support staff personnel are concerned about include: the sub-contracting of work after positions were eliminated; and the precariousness of support staff positions which are usually only part-time.