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Around ten young people will benefit from the service this week.

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While the teachers' strike is disrupting parents' daily lives, a Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean company has shown ingenuity to help her workers: she offers babysitters in her factory.

In the facilities of Coupesag, an organization specializing in the transformation of sheet metals located in Saguenay, in the district of Chicoutimi, a conference room now serves as a games room.

On a large meeting table which normally accommodates adults carrying coffees and files, children make colored pencils dance on paper, while others manipulate small cars.

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The children of Coupesag employees are accompanying their parents this week.

They are having fun under the watchful eye of a young girl.

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The proposal to hire a babysitter came from an employee of the company.

Quickly, I found the idea exciting because we all struggle a little with it. You have to be innovative and as an employer, basically, we wanted to keep our employees because otherwise it creates absenteeism, explains Julie Simard, the human resources director at Coupesag.

The manager was quick to take the next step. I immediately looked at the interest in the project, how many children, how many parents [would like to benefit from it]. Afterwards, I looked at the availability of resources. Two 17-year-olds from secondary school five were available, she adds.

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Coupsag's human resources director, Julie Simard, was excited by an employee's idea of ​​setting up a on-call service during the strike.

Teenage girls, who are also on leave from school due to the public sector strike, are transforming forced posing into enriching work experience.

Around ten kids benefit from the daycare service, the costs of which are entirely covered by Coupesag. They are, for the most part, between 6 and 10 years old, with the exception of an 11-year-old child who wanted to come and enjoy the experience too, emphasizes Julie Simard.

Of course we wanted to prioritize those who are of primary rather than secondary age.

A quote from Julie Simard , human resources director at Coupesag

Little Oliver is one of them. He is happy, on this Monday morning, to swap his notebooks for Lego, and his mother is also delighted, but for another reason.

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Common Front union members demonstrated in front of the Chicoutimi hospital and Cégep on December 8. The united unions are on strike until December 14.

No need to take a detour to take the children to school for security service. The kids were really excited to come to mom's work and spend the week here. I told them that we had organized activities and they were really excited, confides Karine Gagné, a Coupesag employee.

It&#x27 ;the fun is great, it simplifies our lives enormously. We don't have to depend on other people, adds Paul-André Pageau, a dad met by Radio-Canada.

Several entertainment is on the calendar throughout the week: crafts, outdoor games, bingo. A surprise even awaits the children on Friday.

The 420,000 union members of the Common Front have been on strike throughout Quebec since December 8 and until December 14. This includes teachers, but also healthcare workers and others in the education sector.

Based on a report by Laurie Gobeil

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