Public sector: no agreement without salary bonus offers

president-csn-jacques-letourneau-centre(Quebec) “It is essential that the basic proposal on wages be enhanced” to reach a negotiated agreement between the unions and the government, warns the president of the CSN, Jacques Létourneau. If this is not the case, there will be no agreement.

The practice of “salary relativity” proposed by the President of the Treasury Board, Martin Coiteux, can be explored, he said in an interview with Le Soleil. But it will never replace a bonus wage deals as such.

Jacques Létourneau it is urgent that the government moves on this thorny issue. There the press review its proposal; not to stick to a wage freeze for the first two years of the next employment contract of its approximately 500 000 employees and offer only 1% increase the following three years.

Even echo of the president of the Interprofessional Health Federation Quebec, Régine Laurent. “It is not because we just correct a injustisce [through a year of salary relativity] it would negate the need for wage increases normal,” she says.

Ms. Lawrence still sees a good eye desire Minister Martin Coiteux improve pay scales of tens of thousands of employees who are not currently remunerated at the level where they should be – through this extensive exercise Parallel pay relativity. Nurses could gain, she believes.

No choice

Moreover, the openness shown by Mr. Coiteux to postpone the entry into force of the passage of the retirement age from 60 to 62 years old smile Ms. Lawrence and Mr. Létourneau.

The President of the Treasury Board did not simply choose to be flexible in this regard, they argue. The proof is the “explosion” of retirement requests, they said.

From January 1 to September 30, the retirements in the public and parapublic sectors have jumped 25% over the same period last year.

Martin Coiteux “had lit a fire,” said Régine Laurent. He is now trying to “calm things down”. “In that sense, it is,” she adds.

Jacques Letourneau sees no reason why the unions would, as Mr. Coiteux the prompts, the cons-proposals on the pension scheme for government employees, while “it is he that is in demand.”

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