Negos in the public sector: advanced “in the right direction”

pres-1500-personnes-manifeste-samedi(Quebec) Discussions progressed last night still in the sectoral tables of network health and education. It seemed likely that tentative agreements with large groups can be obtained in the coming days. “Things are moving, and in the right direction,” we are assured the union side as employers.

Yesterday evening, at the time of publication, it showed “a tangible optimism” to arrive this week to an overall agreement.

The central table, where are discussed wages and employer demands concerning retirement, willingly stalled weekend – settling for general exchanges – to wait for the regulations on the side of the 58 sectoral tables. Half a dozen of sectoral agreements were already concluded last night, but with smaller groups, such as office workers.

The blitz began Friday negotiations will bear fruit for health tables, where most of the contentious issues seems settled. Remains a sticking point between Quebec and the Federation of Nurses, says one without giving details.

In terms of education, all day yesterday, the Autonomous Federation of Teachers (FAE) discussed with the Ministry of Labour mediator, Lise Lavallée, to assess whether it would present its “global stimulus Proposal” once back to the negotiating table.

The group, which represents 33,000 teachers especially in the Montreal area, was arrested directly the office of Philippe Couillard Friday.

Trade union sources said that the AWF had beefy requests, an additional injection of 100 million from the government, a requirement that might cool the exchanges progressed smoothly school side, he seems. Sylvain Mallette declined to confirm the contents of the proposal of its central. The AWF has in his pocket a term of “civil disobedience” if the government passed a special law, “but we are not there at all,” insisted Mr. Mallette.

With the Federation of Trade Unions of Education (ESF), which represents 72,000 teachers, we were not far from an agreement in principle in late afternoon. Discussions on student-teacher ratios are completed, it was agreed to set aside the redevelopment suggested by specialists and school boards to reduce classes in the lower primary and rise in fourth, fifth and sixth year , an operation that should be done at no cost.

800 teachers and professionals, promises Minister Blais
The Education Minister François Blais took yesterday to announce how it intended to spend $ 80 million allocated by the Finance Minister a few days ago.

This injection, do we argued, will allow the hiring of 600 teachers and 200 additional professionals to help struggling students.

“These are full-time hires. These are really people who are added. ”

This recurring envelope will be available in January, he said.

From the union perspective, this commitment, which is not part of the agreement, is subject to future cuts and remains a “discretionary” expense, it is feared.

“In no time, the Prime Minister Couillard could say that these millions are to be recovered. Us, we are very, very careful “, moderated Josée Scalabrini, the Trade Union Federation of education.

On the employer side, it is ensured that this funding is now “in budget basics.” But Quebec insists that he go to a “service enhancement” and not to the general improvement of working conditions.

As for support staff and office, largely affiliated with the FTQ, the tentative agreement seemed a formality last night. Same thing in college support staff.

At the college, discussions were advanced and climate “positive” with teachers, and an agreement today also seemed plausible. We still weighed out the impact of 80 million François Blais – about 12% of that amount would go to struggling college students.

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