Furthermore, Ms. Scalabrini insisted that to reach an agreement, Quebec will first have to agree to take actions that will bring significant changes to the daily lives of teachers.
The union therefore intends to continue to put pressure on it in order to obtain gains on the issues that are dear to it, in particular the composition of the class and the reduction of tasks.
It's not easy, it's difficult, admitted Ms. Scalabrini.
But our team is determined to make the management side understand what you need to [ensure] that we keep all of our teachers who are legally qualified currently in the system.
We need air. We need help, and that’s what we are trying to get from the government,” she continued.
The FSE, which represents 95,000 teachers, is affiliated with the CSQ, so that it is part of the common inter-union front in this round of negotiations.
The various member unions of the common front held a strike sequence lasting seven days which ended on Thursday. They have therefore been back to work since Friday and will be in classes for the last week of school before the holiday break.
The four union organizations that make up the Common Front, namely the CSQ, the CSN, the APTS and the FTQ, must meet their respective bodies on Tuesday to make update on the progress of the negotiations and decide on the follow-up to be given to the strike mandate.
The strike sequence which ended last week was to be the last of the Common Front before the exercise of the indefinite strike in January, its representatives had warned.
The other major education union, the Autonomous Education Federation (FAE), continues its indefinite general strike, which began on November 23. It represents 66,000 primary and secondary teachers.
Friday evening, its president, Mélanie Hubert, deplored in a video message broadcast on Facebook that Things are not progressing at the desired pace. The FAE did not provide any further public updates on the progress of the negotiation later this weekend.
A few days ago, Prime Minister François Legault said he was hopeful that all children will return to school as of Monday which comes, but the various unions immediately qualified this scenario as unrealistic.