Public sector: Quebec extends to the premiums which were due on 30 march

Secteur public: Québec prolonge des primes qui venaient à échéance le 30 mars

At a press conference on Monday, prime minister François Legault has said that he did not want to declare the working conditions of State employees and that he wanted to always agree with the unions.

March 30, 2020 19h51

Updated at 23.57


Public sector: Quebec extends to the premiums which were due on 30 march

Lia Lévesque

The Canadian Press


Some of the rewards to workers in the public sector that were due to end on 30 march, including the one granted to the beneficiary attendants in long-term care, would be finally extended.

“The government has contacted all the unions to tell them that we were willing to extend the bonuses that were set to expire today for the next 6 months and we wanted to discuss it with them,” said the press officer Christian Dubé, the president of the treasury Board, in an email to The canadian Press.

The length of the extension announced varied, however, according to the union, who first confirmed the information Monday night.

More premiums paid to workers in the public and parapublic sectors are the subject of letters of agreement and were to expire on 30 march.

The collective agreements 2015-2020 of the 550, 000 employees of the State, they expire march 31.

On Monday evening, the Alliance’s professional and technical staff in the health and social services (APTS) was the first to announce it. In his case, three premiums would be extended for six months : for the work and accommodation and long-term care (that includes agents) and for the employees who work with clients with severe disorders of behavior and that of the psychologists.

Attached to the phone shortly after, the CSN said that it had also obtained the maintenance of all its premiums, but only “for the time of the negotiation track”. There has been no mention of a period of six months at CSN. And it also affects other bonuses than those which have been mentioned, including that of skilled workers.

Reached by phone and by e-mail, the FTQ and the CSQ were waiting for further news of their negotiating team, respectively, late in the evening on Monday. The two trade union confederations have members who are also directly concerned by these premiums, which were to expire on 30 march.

The treasury Board had confirmed the holding of intense negotiations with the unions, adding that it would negotiate not on the public square.

The premium for the work and accommodation and long-term care is $ 180 per block of 750 hours of work.

The premium for psychologists varies from 6.7 % to 9.6 %.

The premium for working with a clientele with serious behavioural disorders is us $ 295 or $ 360 per block of 500 hours of work, said the APTS.

These bonuses were implemented, in 2015, because there was a scarcity of staff in these occupations and professions in the public sector.

It is important to note that as there is no common front union, the trade unions have separate negotiations with Quebec – which may explain the delay in the tenders to each union.

Bargaining accelerated

The “negotiation track” has been proposed by Quebec in the context of the crisis of the sars coronavirus. He had first issue was to suspend the negotiations, because of the crisis – that the trade unions had accepted.

And then it was rather thought to speed it up, but for a shorter term, to find a breath ways to better protect workers affected during the crisis.

Thus, the unions claim, for example, a recognition award for the work they do during the crisis, a kind of “bonus coronavirus”.

To support their claim to this effect, they point out that workers in grocery stores and other links in the food chain, for example, received a bonus of $ 2 per hour from their private employer.

Among their other requests related to the coronavirus, is that removing the pregnant women or immunocompromised situations where they might be exposed to the COVID-19.

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