The agreement between the united front and the government has the lead in the wing: 110,000 unionized just received a rejection of recommendation from their elected representatives.
Despite the green light from their center, delegates of the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN) erupted Tuesday evening an end of inadmissibility to the agreement in principle reached last week in Quebec. An offer “grossly inadequate,” according to them.
The 600 elected union were pronounced before the tens of thousands of nurses, attendants and daycare workers who represent a quarter of the troops of united front. The Federation also claims the title of largest union “health sector and social services.”
The vote expressed after hours of discussions which were concluded in 23h, was “very controlling” explained the president of the FSSS-CSN, Jeff Begley. “I am aware that there are many people who are going to be surprised at this, but [the vote follows] a great debate, there was room for all positions, and the world have overwhelmingly” voted against.
“The world has made varloper”
“We must put in context: this year in the health sector and social services, the world became varloper from all sides, all sides,” reported Mr. Begley, before making the list of top irritants “budget cuts, the law 10 and, of course, the results of the negotiations which were not satisfactory.” “The world is increasingly discouraged and told what to do, he added. They hoped to at least get recognition through a good contract. ”
The Office of the President of the Treasury Board, Martin Coiteux, has remained silent. “We will not comment,” said spokeswoman Marie-Ève Pelletier.
The position taken by the delegates of the FSSS-CSN does not undertake the tens of thousands of union members they represent: it is they who will decide the course of January, during general meetings held in workplaces .
“It is not nothing”
The agreement between Quebec and the trade union front provides for wage increases equivalent to 10.5% over five years. The increase will be gradual, from 1% in 2015 to 1.75% in 2016 and 2% in 2018. In 2019, the average increase will be 2.4% according to the work area.
The salary component is coupled with a sectoral agreement in the field of health and social services. This concerned in particular the mobility of the workforce, on different premiums and on working hours.
This past week, the president of the CSN talked about the agreement in principle global in positive terms.
“For us it is clear that first reached the objective of avoiding further depletion of workers’ and ultimately the year, considering inflation […] we should even do some catch-up, explained Jacques Létourneau. “It is not nothing. Of course we have made compromises, but we especially forced the government to get out of its initial financial framework. ”
Despite the gulf between the views of Mr. Létourneau and the Delegates of the FSSS-CSN on the main agreement, there is no crisis of confidence between the walls of the central union, assured Mr. Begley . According to him, this is normal differences in a democratic context.