Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel indicated that in June, Quebec was making its 10th offer to the engineers' union.
Quebec has finally reached an agreement in principle with the union representing the 1,800 engineers employed by the government, which put an end to their strike. Professional Association of Government Engineers of Quebec (APIGQ), Marc-André Martin, confirmed the information, in an interview with The Canadian Press on Tuesday.
The third strike that the #x27;APIGQ had started and therefore ended at noon on Tuesday.
Previously, these engineers had disengaged for the first time from April 22, a second time from June 1, then a third time from June 21. Between each strike, the parties had resumed discussions, without reaching an agreement.
This time, negotiations resumed at the end of last week, then they are continued from Monday noon until the night of Monday to Tuesday. And this time was the right one.
It is a global agreement, in full, on everything that is normative and salary, underlined Mr. Martin. He did not want to give more details, since his members were not themselves informed of the content of the agreement in principle.
Members will be asked to vote at a virtual meeting on Thursday.
Remuneration, in connection with the classification of these engineers, was at the heart of the dispute. Quebec wanted to create a senior engineer classification, but the parties disagreed on how to define it, according to what parameters, and who could claim it.
The negotiations were laborious. On June 21, Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel pointed out that Quebec was making its 10th offer to the engineers' union.
Mr. Martin says he is satisfied overall. A good negotiation ends when each party thinks it has dropped a big chunk, he says.
APIGQ represents 1,800 engineers employed by the government, including 1,200 in the Ministry of Transport. The others work in the Ministry of the Environment and in other ministries.
The strike has had many repercussions on the construction sites of civil engineering and roads under the Quebec government, since government engineers must supervise these sites. There have been delays, much to the chagrin of the construction contractors involved.