‘No more cash shall be supplied’: Legault says his authorities’s provide to labour unions is ‘cheap’

2021-05-03 05:27:13

After a gathering with varied union leaders on Sunday, Quebec Premier François Legault stated he desires to wrap up union negotiations inside two to a few weeks with out reviewing his provide to some 550,000 public sector workers of Quebec.

At a press convention in Montreal, Legault insisted that the provides on the desk are already “cheap” and “beneficiant” within the context of the pandemic and the province’s $13-billion deficit.

The premier added that Quebecers are already the very best taxed inhabitants in North America and the province can’t improve taxes or public spending.

He added that the unions can refuse the provincial authorities’s provide for so long as they need, “however there shall be no more cash supplied,” Legault stated.

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Within the authorities’s final provide, offered on March 31, one yr after the collective agreements expired, Quebec maintained its proposal of a 5 per cent spending improve to public sectors over three years, with a doable improve of 1 per cent relying on inflation.

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Quebec additionally stated the province could be growing wages within the schooling and well being sectors — by 18 per cent for brand spanking new lecturers and by 23 per cent for caregivers in Quebec’s long-term care houses (CHSLDs).

The Quebec authorities can also be proposing 14,000 new full-time positions within the healthcare community to ease the workload burden on nurses.

“What individuals realized through the pandemic is that with out public service, nothing works in Quebec,” stated Caroline Senneville, vice-president of the Confédération des Unions Nationaux (CSN), the province’s second-largest commerce union.

“Past the ‘thanks’ (staff get) in press conferences, individuals should really feel that they’re appreciated, in any other case they are going to look (to work) elsewhere,” Senneville stated. “That has already began.”

The Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), a labour group that represents 76,000 healthcare staff, was the primary to succeed in a partial settlement with the federal government on the working circumstances of its nurses, licensed sensible nurses, respiratory therapists and extra.

“If there may be one factor on which we agree with the federal government right this moment, it’s actually that point is working out,” stated FIQ president Nancy Bédard.

A company that represents varied lecturers’ unions, the Fédération Autonome de l’Enseignement (FAE), turned the second group to succeed in a partial settlement with the federal government earlier this week.

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The FIQ has nonetheless not but agreed to wage negotiations.

— with recordsdata from Alessia Maratta, International Information

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