(Quebec) The government will pay an average wage increase of 5% for nurses in April 2018 in exchange for dropping their complaints union pay equity.
This is what provides one component of the agreement between Interprofessional Health Federation of Quebec (FIQ) and the Treasury Board before the holidays. This component had not been made public so far.
The increase of 5% is added to the wage increases provided for in the agreement in principle that was reached at the central table of negotiation.
Number of complaints on pay equity presented by the FIQ since 2010
Number of nurses, nursing assistants and respiratory therapists in Quebec
The FIQ had submitted 500 complaints about pay equity since 2010. She believed that nurses, nursing assistants and respiratory therapists – categories of female job – are discriminated against compared to other categories jobs occupied predominantly by men. The nature of work has changed over time by virtue of a law, and thus the “value” of their jobs has increased, according to the union.
Quebec asked that complaints are resolved through negotiations on the renewal of collective agreements. The FIQ agreed, saying the current conciliation process could take years again and offered no guarantee of results, said its president, Régine Laurent.
The agreement between the Treasury and the FIQ therefore provides that the approximately 80,000 nurses, auxiliary nurses and respiratory therapists change of pay scale 2 April 2018, as the value of their use has actually been reviewed. This will result in an average wage increase of 5%. In return, the FIQ abandons all his complaints.
Disagreement between unions
But this outcome is not the case of the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN), which also represents nurses and recommends its members to reject the agreement in principle reached at the central table on wages. The FSSS-CSN refused to abandon its own complaints for pay equity, as she explained in press conference Wednesday. The government wants to impose a “setback” to women, she said.
In an interview with La Presse, Vice-President of the FSSS-CSN, Josée Marcotte, argued that “it is not the height of the increase” obtained by the FIQ “is problematic” but the absence retroactive for the years from 2010 to 2017.
“The Government recognizes the discrimination only from 2018,” says Josée Marcotte, Vice-President of the FSSS-CSN.
But Régine Laurent, obtaining retroactive pay increases was far from being acquired as part of the complaints process. The result of this process was “very hypothetical”, she said. “We chose to go for our members increase the value jobs now. I find it unfortunate that the FSSS do as if we had sold our soul to the devil, “she said.
Tentative agreement on wages
2015: Lump sum of $ 500 (1% based on a salary of $ 50,000)
2019: Lump sum of $ 250 (0.5%) + 2.4% on average in terms of salary relativity
Note: For nurses, an increase of 5% on average in 2018 is added in terms of pay equity.