11 May 2021
The FPSS‑CSQ denounces the government’s “Trumpian” disinformation campaign
The Fédération du personnel de soutien scolaire (FPSS-CSQ) is condemning as dishonest the advertising campaign launched by the Quebec Government this morning on the airwaves of several media outlets, with false information contained in the messages.
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing in these ads. It’s as if the government thinks people will believe them if they just keep repeating the same lies. A bit like what former President Trump used to do,” says FPSS-CSQ President Éric Pronovost. “Take, for example, the famous 8% increase the CAQ claims to be offering all its employees. In reality, what they are proposing is a 5% increase over three years, plus lump sums such as one that does not count towards a worker’s pension.”
FPSS-CSQ and government negotiators have met more than 40 times at each of the five negotiating tables on which they participate, with no progress whatsoever.
“When we ask the government for real negotiations, this does not mean that we are intransigent and that we want them to respond to every single one of our demands! It means we want genuine discussions that could lead to finding solutions to the issues that support staff deal with on the ground on a daily basis. But this is not what is happening at the negotiating tables,” explains Éric Pronovost.
“Prime Minister François Legault recently denounced the fact that certain new Quebecers earn less than $56,000 a year, while his own school support staff earn an average of only $28,000. His government has also announced an investment of several million dollars to put up new signs in front of elementary and secondary schools in the province while education staff scrape the bottom of the barrel, have to work in obsolete facilities and are without a collective agreement. And now they have the gall to fund an advertising campaign to denounce the slowness of the negotiations?! Do they need to be reminded that 70% of our members have precarious jobs? That they must cope with split shifts and often have to hold more than one job just to pay their bills? That they are paid less than their federal, municipal and private counterparts? It is scandalous!” adds Pronovost.