The Ontario Public Service Employees Union
(OPSEU) supports the students of Québec, as they continue to
strike for accessible education.
Calling upon Premier Jean Charest and the Québec Liberal
government to negotiate with the students in good faith, OPSEU
also condemns Québec’s Bill 78 and demands that it be rescinded.
“Access to education is a basic human right, not a privilege,”
said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “This has become
about more than just tuition fees. OPSEU encourages our 130,000
members across Ontario to join in the protest rallies and stand
in solidarity with the striking students in Quebec.”
“Growing student debt is a symptom of a much larger problem of
growing inequality,” said OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
Eduardo Almeida. “Austerity is not a solution to this problem.
Properly funding our public services is a necessary part of
ensuring that Canada stands as an example of economic success.”
The introduction of Bill 78 by the government of Québec is of
deep concern to OPSEU. The Bill limits freedom of assembly
guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Freedoms as well as the
right to strike.
“It is unacceptable that this new Bill threatens teachers with
criminal prosecution and fines for accommodating striking
students or for failing to perform all of their normal work
functions,” said Thomas. “Bill 78 must be rescinded
OPSEU represents more than 130,000 workers across Ontario.
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936
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