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. In the context of understaffing and abandonment of the profession, the ESF and QPAT are calling for improvements in the conditions of professional integration for teachers and teachers, whose status is precarious, which represents about 42% of teachers: “We understand that someone who receives an email and is told that his collective agreement no longer applies is panicked,” Sonia Éthier, president of the Centrale des Syndicates du Québec (CSQ), told La Presse Canadien on Wednesday. They were told that all collective agreements would no longer apply if certain provisions, such as Z.B. Emergency measures are in place. On the morning of Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Canadian press was full of news 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. In the context of a lack of staff, an urgent need to revalue the teaching profession and a significant gap with other Canadian provinces, the ESF and QPAT are calling for an increase in teachers` salaries. 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.
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.” 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. Ethier says he spoke with Quebec Deputy Education Minister Eric Blackburn to clarify the situation after it was inundated with calls from worried teachers. 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/ Starting on the 141st working day 2019-2020, applying an 8% pay scale for all teachers would bring them to the Canadian average. 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.” “We don`t understand the importance of this ministerial order because we have always said that our staff are ready to work together,” she said.