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Members of the Workers' Union of education in Eastern Quebec, who number 2,200 in Gaspésie in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, have voted in recent days in favor of the agreement in principle concluded with the government of Quebec.

The proposal for a sectoral regulation was approved by 64.8% while the intersectoral clauses were adopted by 81.6%

The negotiations cross-sectoral agreements focus on wages, including salary scales, retirement, regional disparities and parental rights.

Negotiations sectoralrelate to working conditions such as teaching conditions, teacher/student ratio, services for students in difficulty, working time.

Source : Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)< /em>

Anne Bernier, president of the union, explains that despite the adoption of the agreement in principle, the result sends a clear message to the government, knowing that there is still work to do for the future.

The world of education is suffering, it’s been dozens of x27;years, even a few decades. We couldn't expect everything to be resolved in this negotiation.

A quote from Anne Bernier, president of the Eastern Quebec Education Workers' Union

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Like other education unions, the dissatisfaction concerns more the ;sector agreement.

There are real problems and they must be addressed before the end of the collective agreement which would be in 2028. We feel it, through the staff, the population too, we see it in everything that is happening. We really need to put education at the forefront to find sustainable solutions.

Voting results were tighter among support staff who accepted the deal at 50.7%. The proposal was even rejected in the René-Lévesque sector by support staff.

It also demonstrates the dissatisfaction with the importance they have in this negotiation. Expectations were much higher, says the union president.

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Anne Bernier, president of the Union of Education Workers of Eastern Quebec (STEEQ- CSQ), affirms that the education sector is suffering. (File photo)

Anne Bernier explains that the rate of precariousness is extremely high for school support staff and that the average salary is very low. The agreement provides access to positions and a greater number of hours. But it will have to happen on the ground and we will have to see real positive effects quickly in the communities, underlines Ms. Bernier.

It's important to remember that no support staff in our schools, no school.

A quote from Anne Bernier, president of the Eastern Quebec Education Workers Union

She indicates that the national results of the votes on The agreement in principle will be known in the coming weeks and a new five-year collective agreement can then be signed.

With the information by Pierre-Gabriel Turgeon

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