Two weeks after the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) announced a one-day, general strike by 2,170 school-bus drivers to take place May 15, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is telling parents that its student transport service will not be disrupted.
“We write to inform you that we received a copy of the court ruling mandating Transco drivers to perform their work and to refrain from participating in any illegal activity that would constitute a strike,” the school board told parents in an email dated May 14.
“As of Sunday, May 13, 2018 the English Montreal Board was informed by Transco that the ‘Syndicat STT Transco CSN’ will respect the court order and not strike on Tuesday, May 15th.”
There had been uncertainty over whether the Transco drivers, who recently voted in favour of a contract renewal after holding several work actions of their own, would join the strike, which was called by the CSN on May 1 to protest a lack of financing for school transportation, particularly in the area of salaries paid to drivers, many of whom work split shifts.
The CSN contends the strike will affect more than 100,000 students in nearly three dozen school boards across the province.
On average, Quebec school bus drivers are paid a little more than $20,000 annually.