Nunavik teachers’ union to strike Wednesday
One union president called the government’s current offer a ‘waste of time’
Nunavik teachers and support staff will go on strike Wednesday to protest the slow pace of negotiations over new collective agreements.
Protests will be held in front of the Kativik School Board’s head office in Montreal between 1 and 2:30 p.m., according to a news release from one of the unions involved in the contract talks, the West Montreal school boards professionals union.
Carolane Desmarais, the union’s president, said the current offer from the government “is a waste of time.”
The Association of Employees of Northern Quebec, which represents Kativik Ilisarniliriniq teachers and support staff, has been negotiating a new contract for its employees since March 2020, when its previous contract expired.
“We just need to adopt measures that will attract and retain existing staff,” said Larry Imbeault, the president of the association, in a news release Tuesday.
The union is looking for a 1.75 per cent salary increase for its members in the first year — in addition to an hourly minimum for the lowest-paid employees — with a salary increase of 2.05 per cent in the second year and 2.20 per cent in the third.
With files from Sarah Rogers.