Montreal School Board Grants Muslim Holiday

Montreal School Board Grants Muslim Holiday

About one hundred employees of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board (CSMB) took a holiday on Friday October 26 for the Aïd el-Kébir, the biggest Islamic holiday, which commemorates the sacrifice of Abraham.

CSMB in accordance with the collective labour agreement enabled its employees to enjoy two days off associated with this annual religious festival.

However, Catholic staff thinks it is an unfair decision of the school board to grant the request of Muslim employees, since they also benefit from a holiday on the occasion of Christmas, even if they are not Catholic.

Deemed Reasonable

The organization relies on a collective agreement, however, which allows it to grant special leave when it deems it reasonable.

Different religious groups are able to formulate their request to this effect to the human resources department of the CSMB.

In addition, the CSMB announced that it organizes a reflection process on cultural and religious pluralism.

Its 51,000 students come from 183 countries, and more than 61% of them have a mother tongue other than French.

Different stakeholders will have the opportunity to talk about the discomfort that this reasonable accommodation causes.
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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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