Quebec teachers to join students against government plans
June 30, 2012
Student protests in Canada’s eastern province of Quebec are expected to build up steam before the end of the summer with teachers becoming involved in the demonstrations against the government’s plans.
Quebec teachers will reportedly engage in student protests as differences with the provincial government over their demands still remain unsettled.
With talks over the teachers’ demands ending in failure, Quebec Premier Jean Charest’s plan to reopen universities in August to finish the postponed winter term could be undercut.
The teachers’ union has called on the government to employ a few hundred temporary teachers to help professors manage their workload during the intensive fall plan.
The union has also threatened to stop working if their demands are not met by the government.
“We’re ready to do our part in all of this,” Micheline Thibodeau, vice-president of the teachers’ federation said. “We’re just trying to provide the resources so that our students succeed.”