[Press release by the Montreal Coalition for Paid Internships. Translation by Jonathan Turcotte-Summers.]
Tiohtià:ke (Montreal, unceded Mohawk territory), April 2, 2019 — On this Global Day for Invisible Labour, the activists of the Montreal Coalition for Paid Internships call for participation in the Demonstration Against the Invisibilization of the Work of Women that will take place from 4PM today. In addition to the interns and students on strike, several organizations that also fight for the recognition of invisible, unpaid, and reproductive labour will take to the street. This is the case especially for Stella, a group that defends the rights of sex workers, and for the Quebec Association of Nurses (Association québécoise des infirmières et infirmiers, or AQII).
It might have been harder than expected, but a flurry of votes this past week pushed the campaign over the edge: an unlimited general strike for paid student internships will take place in 2019.
Among those student associations that have approved an unlimited general strike (grève générale illimitée, or GGI, in French), the commonly accepted minimum threshold required to trigger it is 20,000 students in 3 regions of the province with a strike mandate of at least one week. That threshold was surpassed on Thursday.
[Original article by Laurent Lavoie in Montréal Campus, the independent student newspaper of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Translation by Jonathan Turcotte-Summers.]
In the next few days, more student associations will have their turn to take a position on the carrying out of an unlimited general strike for the remuneration of all internships, and these measures do not worry Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge.
“If some students mobilize, it will have no impact, we’re already at work and we already have a clear game plan. If they deprive themselves of being in their courses, it will result in absolutely nothing, because the government will not go any faster,” declared the Coalition Avenir Québec minister during an interview with chamblymatin.com.
[Original article by Zacharie Routhier in Quartier Libre, the independent student newspaper of Université de Montréal. Translation by Jonathan Turcotte-Summers.]
During his visit to the convention of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) , in which participated the Union étudiante du Québec (UEQ) , the Minister of Education and Higher Learning, Jean-François Roberge, declared Saturday that he is open to the idea of a legal framework for internships. The Comités unitaires sur le travail étudiant (CUTEs) , who were not present for the announcement, say they don’t feel represented by the two provincial associations.
“It’s because [Roberge] is feeling the heat. Let’s continue to defend the unlimited general strike in our general assemblies and leave no one behind. We’ll have it, the remuneration of all internships.” This was the reaction of the CUTEs, who responded to the minister’s announcement via their Facebook page.