Public sector: the common front rejects the offer of Quebec

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Sector public: the common front rejects the offer from Quebec

Each part of the inter-union common front in the public sector rejected the government's offer in its own negotiating body. (File photo)

After the FIQ, it's the turn of the inter-union common front in the public sector to reject the offers from Quebec for the renewal of the collective agreements.

The common front is made up of the CSN, the CSQ, the FTQ and the APTS (Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux), which together represent some 420,000 workers in the sectors public and parapublic.

Each of the organizations that make up the common front unanimously rejected the government offer in its respective instance, it was said on Wednesday.

Last week, it was the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé (FIQ), which represented the vast majority of nurses , nursing assistants and other healthcare professionals, who had rejected the offer from Quebec. The FIQ represents 80,000 members.

Quebec has offered wage increases of 9% over five years, plus a lump sum of $1,000, plus an amount equivalent to 2.5% reserved for government priorities. Quebec therefore claims to present an offer equivalent to 13% over five years.

The common front is demanding a $100 per week increase or the consumer price index (CPI) plus 2%, for the first year of contracts — whichever is better for workers — then CPI plus 3% for the second year and CPI plus 4% for the third.

The common front affirms that Quebec offers neither more nor less than impoverishment to workers by presenting them with salary increases that do not even cover the cost of living.

He argues that there is a historic labor shortage in several sectors, not only in health, but also in education.

To attract workers, and even retain them, it will be necessary to improve their working conditions and their working conditions, a promotes the common front.

For her part, the President of the Treasury Board, Sonia LeBel, had defended her offer, during her presentation on December 15, as one that is up to the expected inflation.

Minister LeBel had also reminded us that we must review the organization of work, which poses a problem in particular in the field of health.

Quebec had also proposed the formation of discussion forums, in the field of education and care, which the labor organizations rejected , asserting that the problems were known and that it was the solutions that should now be tackled.

Negotiations at the central table should begin shortly. At the central table, salaries, the pension plan, group insurance, parental rights and regional disparities are negotiated, i.e. issues that concern all sectors.

The collective agreements in the public and parapublic sectors will expire on March 31.

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