The school bus drivers of Transco reject the agreement-in-principle

News 12 February, 2018
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    Monday, 12 February 2018 22:22

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    MONTREAL | school bus drivers of the company Tranco, who had held a two-day strike at the end of January, rejected on Monday evening the tentative agreement reached between their union and their employer.

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    Employees who have insufficient pay increases granted by Transco, have rejected the agreement-in-principle in a proportion of 83 % during a secret vote.

    “This evening, the members considered that the agreement-in-principle that we have presented did not meet their expectations. They have long argued on the question of wage increases that fail to maintain their purchasing power,” explained Carole Laplante, president of the Syndicate of workers of Transco-CSN (STTT-CSN), in a press release.

    “You need to understand that the funding that is paid by the school boards is not sufficient to guarantee decent wages to the drivers and to drivers of Transco. […] The government must review the funding of school transport,” added Stéphanie Gratton, vice-president of the Federation of employees in public services-CSN.

    The approximately 330 drivers from Transco, which serve 15,000 students attending schools in four school boards on the island of Montreal, had held a two-day strike on 30 and 31 January. An agreement in principle was ultimately reached between the parties on 31 January.