Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Staff to strike

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Ed­u­ca­tion

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.

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