In a week-long unlimited general strike, Manoir Sherbrooke union members received heartening support on May 1st, International Day of Workers.
The community sector once again mobilized on Tuesday. Dozens of people took to the streets to demand adequate working conditions. The demonstrators headed for the seniors’ residence operated by the Savoie family group. Union members have been without a contract for 30 months.
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“A strike is never good!”
“It’s a beautiful May 1st,” said Denis Beaudin, president of the Central Council of Estrie (CCSNE-CSN).
“They are people of many allegiances who come to offer their support to women workers in difficulty. It’s for them 30 months without a collective agreement, 30 months without a salary increase. ”
At the microphone, Lyne Tanguay, president of the Estrie private housing workers’ union and a manager at Manoir Sherbrooke, thanked the demonstrators who expressed their support with a huge din.
According to Mr. Beaudin, negotiations are at a standstill. The morale of the troops is excellent. Essential services are insured.
The organizers of the event decided at the last minute to go to the Sherbrooke Manor, before continuing their mobilization on the occasion of the International Day of Workers.
For years, it has been deplored that the government is keeping community sector staff in precarious conditions by refusing to adequately fund the organizations, a press release said.
Solidarité populaire Estrie wanted to highlight the different struggles related to working conditions. In the Estrie region, hundreds of women workers live below the poverty line and even have to resort to food repairs, it says.