Additional pedagogical days – The FPSS-CSQ calls on its members to respect their collective agreements to the letter

29 October 2020

Additional pedagogical days – The FPSS-CSQ calls on its members to respect their collective agreements to the letter

The Fédération du personnel de soutien scolaire (FPSS-CSQ) is very concerned about the physical and mental health of its members after the Minister of Education, Jean François Roberge, announced that there would be three additional pedagogical days this year.

Already overworked, understaffed and extremely tired, daycare staff will find their workload even heavier with this announcement.

In order to help in a situation that is critical, the FPSS-CSQ is calling on all of its 30,000 members to respect their collective agreements to the letter: taking breaks in the morning and afternoon (for those who have the right), respecting daycare ratios, refusing to work beyond paid hours, etc.

“Collective agreements exist to protect the physical and mental integrity of staff. For almost eight months, our members have been doing significantly more than they should to keep our schools running. The government is abusing our dedication with the addition of these three pedagogical days,” says FPSS-CSQ President Éric Pronovost.

“If the Minister won’t take care of his support staff, we will! In order to prevent the physical and psychological consequences that this state of affairs could have, we are asking our members today to rely on their collective agreements to take care of themselves. It is not our responsibility to manage the consequences, it’s a management responsibility,” he adds.