Labor conflict: threat of strike in CPEs

Labor conflict: threat of strike in CPEs
Labor conflict: threat of strike in CPEs

Faced with the impasse in negotiations on the renewal of collective agreements which expired on March 31, 2023, early childhood workers spoke out in favor of a strike mandate.

The Federation of Early Childhood Workers of Quebec (FIPEQ-CSQ) maintains that this first “progressive strike” mandate, adopted by 85% of members of early childhood centers (CPE), will be used when deemed appropriate, a- she indicated in a press release on Tuesday.

“Since the start of this round of negotiations, we have felt a lack of interest from the government in discussing in order to renew the collective agreements of CPE workers,” lamented Valérie Grenon, president of the FIPEQ-CSQ.

The first offer, tabled on May 14 by the Legault government, was judged “late and insufficient”, and would not respond “in any way to the major challenges” faced by union members on the ground, we can read.

The proposal to increase salaries by 12.7% over five years does not represent the solution to the labor shortage in CPEs and does not make it possible to cope with the financial pressure caused by the inflationary context, continued the Federation.

“Our objective is simple: to improve the conditions of CPE staff in a way that reflects their responsibility and their impact in our society,” said Ms. Grenon.

At the beginning of April, the FIPEQ-CSQ seized the Administrative Labor Tribunal (TAT) to put an end to delays deemed “unreasonable” in negotiations with Quebec for the renewal of collective agreements.

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