MONTREAL – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) recognizes the existence of racism and discrimination is systemic, in line with the City of Montréal and its police service.
“The Société de transport de Montréal recognizes the existence of racism and discrimination is systemic and reiterates its commitment to put in place the necessary measures to combat them”, one can read in a statement sobre adopted by the board of directors on Thursday evening.
In the document made public on Friday morning, the STM has undertaken the following commitments:
- Continue its initiatives in order to recruit a workforce that is representative of the diversity of the population
- Develop trainings dedicated to the fight against racism and discrimination are systemic and make it accessible to all employees
- Enhance specifically the training of inspectors who ensure the safety in the network of the STM by adding concepts specific to the racial and social profiling
- Develop strategies to ensure the representativeness of the diversity in its governance bodies
Between 2015 and 2019, the proportion of employees from visible minorities within the STM has increased significantly, from 25.5% to almost 34 %, reminiscent of the transport company.
On the side of the trade union of constables and peace officers of the STM, which represents the inspectors, the chair, Kevin Grenier is convinced of the presence of racism and discrimination to be systemic within the STM.
“We don’t put our head in the sand, there are,” said Mr. Grenier.
He said, however, not to have been a witness to acts of racism in his department. “We have 180 inspectors and constables, we cross paths all the time, it is a bit more annoying than if it was 5000 [employees]”, he argued.
Last month, the City of Montréal and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) had recognized the existence of systemic racism and were committed to the fight.
These marks of recognition followed the publication of a report by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM).