Midnight minus one before the strike at Sepaq
Unless there is a last-minute agreement, nothing can prevent 300 Sépaq union members from disengaging on Wednesday, including those at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, the second most visited tourist site in the Quebec City region.
The Public Service and Parapublic of Québec (SFPQ) refused the most recent salary offer tabled on Monday evening. Despite this failure, the parties were back Tuesday morning at the negotiating table.
On Wednesday, union members will strike pickets at the entrance to the Montmorency Falls Park and the Manor, Camping des Voltigeurs in Drummondville and in the tourist centers of Lac-Kénogami in Saguenay and Lac-Simon in Outaouais. Without promising, the SFPQ’s general president, Christian Daigle, has already let it be known that the strikers should leave the passage to customers as in previous conflicts.
Talks could intensify by July 20, when 1500 employees from 23 Quebec national parks will join the strike. We must remember, it is the Saturday that corresponds to the beginning of construction holidays.
Salary conditions are at the heart of the dispute. The union considers unacceptable the offers filed below the rise in the cost of living. He also calls for the standardization of pay scales in each union unit.