Part-time coroners are reducing their availability as of Wednesday to put pressure on the government.
The Coroner's Office says it has to combine with the departure, on an annual basis, of 15% of its part-time workforce due to the deterioration of working conditions.
The Office of the coroner claims to have an emergency plan that prevents service disruptions from being caused by the pressure tactics used as of Wednesday by part-time coroners in Quebec, writes Chief Coroner Pascale Descary in a press release.
The Office says it is implementing appropriate measures to ensure that all deaths that need to be attended to are attended to.
To do this, permanent coroners will be responsible for all of the territory of the province during [the] periods of reduced availability of part-time coroners, explains Mr. Descary.
“All deaths within the jurisdiction of the Coroner's Office, whether violent, negligent or resulting from negligence, will be attended to by a coroner and will be investigated. »
— Chief Coroner Me Pascale Descary via press release
For the first time in 35 years, part-time coroners will limit their availability in order to put pressure on the government to obtain better working conditions.
Among the demands of the Association des coroners du Québec, there is an increase in remuneration, in particular compensation for transport on death scenes as well as for training, and a review of working conditions.
The Coroner's Office says it must combine with the departure, on an annual basis, of 15% of its part-time workforce due to the deterioration of working conditions.
Finally, according to the Association des coroners du Québec, the budgets granted to coroners in Ontario are higher than those of Quebec.