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Sixteen cafeteria employees at three secondary schools on the North Shore have learned that they will be losing their jobs. The Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles School Board has decided to outsource cafeteria services at Polyvalente des Deux-Montagnes, École secondaire d’Oka and École secondaire des Patriotes in Saint-Eustache. The union is critical about the measure, “once again converting low-wage jobs into ‘cheap labour’,” according to Sylvain Ladouceur, president of Local 4296.

“It’s fashionable to blame the school boards in the belief that they’re made of money. But in reality, this type of action results in cuts to building maintenance and loss of low-wage employees. In the case of the secondary school cafeterias in Oka, Deux-Montagnes and Saint-Eustache, jobs are being taken away from people who have provided quality service to the students for decades. That’s harsh,” added Ladouceur.

The union will do everything in its power to ensure that the employees can be relocated within the school board. The move to outsourcing is slated to occur between the end of the school year and fall 2012.

“And don’t forget that outsourcing will add a profit imperative. Will there be savings in the long run? We’ll believe it when we see it,” said Ladouceur.