Duty announced that the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) had decided to boycott educational outings to pressure the Government in its negotiations.
When I was president of the CSQ, this dubious strategy was tried.
The cultural community was concerned about the impacts on the living conditions of artists and the viability of certain organizations and took it upon themselves to let us know. At that time, our unions turned a deaf ear.
In the end, the pressure tactic had no effect on the negotiation except that the Minister of Education, Line Beauchamp, appeared as a hero by supporting the artists.
The boomerang effect
Instead of a strike, union members often look for ways that do not result in a loss of wages to pressure management. Imagined media rarely passes the legal test.
As for boycotting activities, it doesn’t even pass the political test. It is quite paradoxical that unions, which are champions of solidarity among workers, endanger the living conditions of other workers.
This strategy also turns out to be a punishment for teachers who are deprived of educational activities that give them oxygen to carry out a very heavy task.
Instead of gaining support for their cause, the teachers in this case attract antipathy by depriving children of educational outlets and artists of work.
The school and teachers are transmitters of culture. However, the means at their disposal are limited and the limitations numerous.
While more educational outlets are needed, it is absurd to decide to do less to supposedly advance the negotiations.
In the current context, teachers should increase the number of educational outings to illustrate their essential social role.