Quebec government professionals demand $ 5 million
Quebec government professionals are demanding $ 5 million for unpaid hours between 2015 and 2018.
A when the majority of members of the Union of Professional Québec government (SPGQ) were on strike at night and on weekends during this period, some of them were forced to be available in case of emergency, to maintain essential services.
Normally, union members are paid one hour for every eight hours they are available to respond to emergencies. The SPGQ calculates that 8642 hours have not been paid and asks the government to check out.
“What we’re asking for is not extras, it’s nothing far-fetched. That’s just what we owe, “said Guillaume Bouvrette, vice-president of the SPGQ.
In all, 1,400 grievances were filed between November 27, 2015 and March 22, 2018, from various departments. “A civil security advisor or a computer specialist can be called upon to intervene at any time of the day and night. They had no choice at that time. They could not go on strike and had to be available, “says Bouvrette.
Discussions with the Treasury Board Secretariat are under way on this issue, but they “are not moving fast enough,” believes Mr. Bouvrette.
This fall will mark the beginning of negotiations between the Public Service and the Government for the renewal of collective agreements, which expire on March 31, 2020.
The SPGQ wishes to “settle this issue” before the start of negotiations, which will focus in part on the essential services to be maintained in the event of a strike.