Whipped by the latest offers from the Quebec government presented Friday, more than 16,000 workers in the health networks, education and social services in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean have engaged one second strike day to add Pressure for the renewal of their collective agreement.
Jeff Begley, president of the FSSS-CSN, has participated in various demonstrations and picket lines set up by the workers of the various networks of health, education and social services.
Mobilized by the CSN and the Centrale des syndicats du Québec, a hundred workers were first moved to the MP’s office Serge Simard in La Baie, the Hospital and Cégep de Chicoutimi and the Cégep de Jonquière where great march was organized. The highlight was a rally outside the Jonquière Hospital, where hundreds of workers gathered in the presence of the president of the CSN, Jacques Létourneau, Louise Chabot, president of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the President of the Federation of Health and Social Services of the CSN, Jeff Begley and Marc Maltais, regional representative of the FTQ.
As is the case on such occasions, the strikers are noisy facts each disturbance shares.
“We continue to fight against the austerity measures of the government. Following the filing Friday, we are glad that there are so many people here. One has the impression that people of the Treasury Board laugh at us, “said Mr. Begley.
Present on the picket line too, Jacques Létourneau said he was surprised by the level of mobilization of workers, but also support from the general public. “In 25 years of trade unionism, I have never seen such popular support wind. It will take the government moves further. Québec added $ 550 million to its offers, but there is not for everyone, “said Mr. Létourneau.
However, it is a change in the tone used by Quebec. He does not believe that the President of Treasury Board, Martin Coiteux, will employ a decree imposing new collective agreements for civil servants. “When you decreed collective agreements, you demobilized the world for 15-20 years. It is not in the interest of employers to declare. ”
The economic discourse is also used by the CSQ when its president Louise Chabot said he is not in the interest of impoverishing the state employees by cutting their purchasing power and their exercise conditions their work. “We must send another signal. The government must get out of his argument. It deserves at least get an increase now our purchasing power. Studies show that there is a gap of 7.6% between the public and the private. We need to catch up. If you freeze us, in five years we will pick up with the double difference, “said Ms. Chabot.
The strike continues today, among others, towards the Lac-Saint-Jean.