After a meeting with various union leaders on Sunday, Quebec Premier François Legault said it wants to wrap up union talks within two to three weeks without reviewing its proposal for Quebec’s approximately 550,000 public sector employees.
At a press conference in Montreal, Legault insisted that the proposals already on the table are “reasonable” and “liberal” in terms of the epidemic and the province’s $ 13 billion deficit.
The Premier said Quebeckers are already the most taxed population in North America and the province cannot increase taxes or public spending.
He said the unions could refuse the provincial government’s proposal for as long as they wanted, “but there would be no more money,” Legaul said.
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In the government’s last proposal, introduced on 31 March a year after the collective agreements expired, Quebec proposed its proposal to increase spending in public areas by five per cent over three years, with a possible increase of one per cent on the basis of inflation. Maintained.
Quebec also said that the province would raise wages in the education and health sectors – 18 percent for new teachers and 23 percent for caregivers in Quebec’s long-term care homes (CHSLD).
The Quebec government is also proposing 14,000 new full-time positions in the healthcare network to reduce the workload on nurses.
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“People realized during the epidemic that without public service, nothing works in Quebec,” said Carolyn Senville, vice president of the Confederation des Unions Nationaux (CSN), the province’s second-largest trade union.
The press conference stated, “Beyond ‘thank you’ (workers get) at the press conference, people have to feel that they are appreciated, otherwise they will see (to work).” “That has already started.”
The Fédération InterpretationDelal de la Sante do Québé (FIQ), a labor organization representing 76,000 healthcare workers, marks the first time it has reached a partial agreement with the government on the working conditions of its nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and more. Was gonna
FIQ President Nancy Baird said, “If there is anything on which we agree with the government today, it is definitely the time to run out.”
An organization that represents various teachers’ unions, the Federation Autonome d’Enunciation (FAE), became the second group to reach a partial agreement with the government earlier this week.
FIQ has not yet agreed to pay negotiations.
– Alessia Maratta, with files from Global News
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