September 25, 2015 11:00 am
Updated: February 10, 2016 2:11 pm

Quebec teachers on strike: 4 things you need to know

WATCH ABOVE: Teachers across Montreal are protesting budget cuts to education.

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MONTREAL – Teachers unions in all the English-language school boards across greater Montreal have voted in favour of holding six strike days sometime after the federal election on Oct. 19.

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Here are four things you need to know about the impending strike action:

Lester B. Pearson teachers at the meeting prior to their strike vote, Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Global News/Karl Dahl

Who voted ‘yes’?

Eastern Townships School Board: voted in favour of a strike

English Montreal School Board: voted in favour of a strike

New Frontiers School Board: voted in favour of a strike

Lester B. Pearson School Board: voted in favour of a strike

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Riverside School Board: voted in favour of a strike

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board: voted in favour of a strike

John Abbott College: voted in favour of a strike

Vanier College: voted in favour of a strike

Dawson College: voted in favour of a strike

Why the strike action?

Teachers are negotiating a new collective agreement with the provincial government.

They insisted  the government’s demands go too far, including increased student-teacher ratios, reduced programs for special-needs children and the implementation of a 40-hour work week.

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The government is also seeking  a two-year salary freeze and cuts to  pension plans.

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“It affects our classroom sizes and as a whole affects the education system in a really negative way,” Lasalle teacher Alisha Tathgur told Global News.

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The strike votes come after teachers upped pressure tactics, including work-to-rule that eliminated almost all extra-curricular activities from most schools.

Molly hold up a sign during a protest against budget cuts against education in Quebec, Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Kelly Greig/Global News

When will the strikes take place?

The six days of strikes will take place starting after the federal election on Oct. 19 for English school boards.

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Each union is expected to release its dates in the coming weeks.

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French-language teachers unions have already approved a one-day strike on Sept 30.

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It’s expected to affect abut 275,000 students in the Montreal area.

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Two other strike days for the French school boards are planned in October.

How will this affect the kids?

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According to the unions, parents will receive notice seven days before each strike day so they can plan accordingly.

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

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