Demonstration of public sector workers: “There is an urgent need to act! ” [PICTURES]
“The cuts are enough. There is an urgent need to act, ”proclaimed nearly 200 public service workers Saturday afternoon in downtown Sherbrooke.
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Sabrina Lavoie La Tribune SHERBROOKE – “The cuts are enough. There is an urgent need to act, ”proclaimed nearly 200 public service workers Saturday afternoon in downtown Sherbrooke. 1/12
Signs in hand, employees of the health and social services network, the education network as well as several government organizations denounced the government's inaction regarding the renewal of their collective agreements.
“Negotiations are never easy, but this time we add insult to injury,” says Julie Dionne, on behalf of the teaching staff at Cégep de Sherbrooke. “While we are killing ourselves with the task, the government is trying to play behind our backs and do without quick haste. This is unacceptable, ”deplores Ms. Dionne.
The workers denounce in particular the problems of labor shortages and the overload of work which forces many of them to leave their jobs because of professional exhaustion.
“If we're not there, there are no more services. We must stop ignoring us, ”added Vicky Ouellet, on behalf of the administrative staff of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS.
Denis Beaudin, president of the Central Council of National Unions in Estrie – CSN, underlines the urgent need for the government to meet the needs of workers in the field. “Today, we see the extent of the damage and it is the entire population that suffers from it,” he laments.
The 1st vice-president of the CSN Caroline Senneville, elected responsible for the negotiations, was also on site. “Since March, despite what the government says, we have had regular meetings, but not very close together and above all little action and little listening. The elastic is stretched to the maximum. There will be no economic recovery without public services that are operating at full capacity, ”she says.