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La Presse canadienne June 27, 2012
by Alexandre Robillard
Québec – The Minister of Education, Michelle Courchesne, calls unacceptable the pressure tactics threatened by CEGEP (college) professors, who are currently negotiating the terms of the special resumption of classes set for mid-August.
Mrs. Courchesne stated today in a press conference that intensive negotiations are under way with the Confédération des syndicats nationaux [CSN - trade union federation].
In addition to limiting demonstrations, the special law passed by the government, Bill 78, mandates a resumption of classes August 17 to complete the winter semester that was interrupted by the student conflict.
The main stumbling block for teachers is the additional staff required to teach the college classes that were disrupted when students opposed to the tuition fee increase went on strike.
Staff post June 1, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ftq.qc.ca/modules/nouvelles/nouvelle.php?id=2220&langue=fr
The heads of the FTQ, the CSN and the CSQ (Quebec’s three largest labour unions) are criticizing the government for its irresponsible, even disruptive, behaviour. “The government’s decision to break off negotiations, when all of Quebec is hoping for a solution to the crisis, is simply absurd. Any experienced negotiator would understand, based on the status of the talks revealed yesterday by the involved parties, that negotiations needn’t have broken down. With a little good will, it is still possible to come to an agreement to end the crisis and avoid renewed turmoil in mid-August,” stated the unions’ spokesperson.