In response to the disappointing offer from the Council of Finance Ministers, the CSQ presented on 6 May a counter-proposal that respected the negotiating framework requested by the government: a three-year agreement that would take into account the new context of the crisis and the need to allow for an urgent reassessment of jobs in the health and education sectors. This adjustment of teacher-specific remuneration will complement the salary requirements that are imposed at the cross-sector level and apply to all public sector employees. The CSQ is asking the government to send a clear signal: does it want to improve the working conditions of health, school and university staff? If not, we cannot sign a low-cost agreement and then warn our members that their toxic working conditions will continue over the next three years,” Ethier concluded. Travis Fast – Martin Dumas, “COVID-19 and Public Education Collective Agreements in Quebec” Canadian Law of Work Forum (March 20, 2020): lawofwork.ca/covid-19-and-public-education-collective-agreements-in-quebec/ Thursday morning, March 19, 2020, the Canadian Press overflowed with reports that the Quebec government had suspended collective agreements in the public education sector. In its online edition, CTV Montreal has led the story COVID-19: Teachers of Quebec city in shock after the government suspends collective agreements. As has been reported in history, the president of the Centrale des Syndicates du Québec (CSQ) said that they were told that all their collective agreements will no longer apply when certain provisions are in place, such as emergency measures. Ethier says he spoke with Quebec Deputy Education Minister Eric Blackburn to clarify the situation after it was inundated with calls from worried teachers. “We understand that someone who receives an email and is told that their collective agreement no longer applies is panicked,” Sonia Ethier, president of the Quebec Centrale des Syndicates (CSQ), told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. “They were told that all collective agreements would no longer apply if certain provisions, such as Z.B. As important as these three aspects of collective agreements are, they do not exhaust collective agreements and therefore cannot, quite rightly, amount to a suspension of collective agreements in the public education sector. It is perhaps also interesting to note that the amendments were adopted specifically for public sector workers in the education sector and not for all public sector employees. MONTREAL — Teachers across Quebec say they are concerned after receiving communications in which their tasks, schedules and jobs could be changed at any time, because their collective agreements are no longer considered binding to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Primary teachers also want their professional skills to be used more effectively in their teaching mission, including by eliminating supervision, with the exception of the arrival and departure of pupils. However, as requested and published in the Official Gazette, the government has made it clear that it is not suspending collective agreements, but that it is actually amending “collective and other agreements… between headteachers, on the one hand, and all trade unions on the other.” Three specific aspects of these agreements have been modified ad hoc: (1) allocation and classification of staff; (2) work planning; and (3) “remuneration in addition to the remuneration or remuneration of normal working time.” The decree was announced Wednesday in the Official Gazette of Quebec, which states that collective agreements can be amended to “allow the employer to assign different tasks and schedules to employees so that they can meet the required needs.” In a context of staff shortages and abandonment of the profession, the ESF and QPAT are calling for improvements in the conditions for the professional integration of teachers and teachers with precarious status, who represent about 42% of teachers: in a context of staff shortages, the urgent need to improve the teaching profession and d