For the past 2 years, COCo has participated, alongside thousands of other organizations, in strike activities demanding an adequate level of funding for community organizations in the province. The concept, and execution, of a community sector strike is novel and unique, and we’ve been excited to see the FRACA taking on this question with such fervour.
This year, FRACA is consulting with community groups in an online survey and during an inperson forum on November 23rd on the different concerns, needs and questions community groups have about strike activities moving foward. On the table are multiple proposals, including one of a rotating strike throughout different regions of Quebec during the time the provincial budget is being debated, and increasing strike activities if the demands are not met. All of the different proposals on this issue can be found here, in French.
The proposals are bold, and come from a real desire to see the demands met. They are worth reading before responding to the online survey (here), or participating in the day-long forum. Here at COCo, we also have lots of questions, including how strike votes will be coordinated in the absence of a union and how strike activities are effective for those of us who are not direct service providers. We wanted to highlight a few bits of content from the explanatory document, which answered some of our biggest questions:
- To strike in our sector does not mean shutting down the organizations, but rather redirecting our resources towards mobilization
- A mandate to strike would come from both the staff and the Board of each organization
- Staff members would continue to be paid, and be expected to organize actions and mobilizations
- Some organizations have chosen to offer the same essential services (e.g. soup kitchen) but in a more public way (in front of the minister’s office)
We’re hoping to send someone for the forum, on November 23rd, and would love to see you there. In the meantime, we’re working on translating some of the strike materials so our english-speaking groups can more easily parse the issues.