The United Steelworkers announced Sunday afternoon, the end of the strike by officers working on Quebec ferries.
The agreement in principle, which occurred one week ago with the Society of Quebec ferries, was ratified in a proportion of 80 percent, said the union in a press release.
The Company confirmed that ferry the sleepers will resume their regular hours in the night from Sunday to Monday.
Steelworkers union representative Gordon Ringuette, was satisfied with the agreement. “We had gains on our two most important issues, our priorities,” he was welcomed in an interview with The Canadian Press.
Thus, the premium attraction and retention of 6.5 per cent will be extended to three-quarters of employees – while only half enjoyed previously – and the employer will assume a greater share of group insurance.
“I’ll say it in every forum, then the strike could have been avoided,” railed Mr Ringuette.
“It was only Saturday, October 24 that the employer has agreed to discuss our demands, yet he had in hand since June 2, he proclaims. There was openness and goodwill, and three hours later, there was a settlement. ”
Without a contract since March 31, the 150 mechanics and navigation officers were on strike on October 13, which had created many headaches for users who use the particular cross to get to work.
Some sleepers from those of Quebec / Levis, Sorel / Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola, Isle-aux-Coudres / Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, Matane / Baie-Comeau / Godbout and Tadoussac / Baie-Sainte -Catherine continued to offer a basic service, others had completely stopped.
The President of the Treasury Board, Martin Coiteux, had encouraged the parties to agree, citing last week the possibility of using a special law.
But all has not been resolved in this new contract, which is accompanied by four “trailers clauses”. They eventually will secure salaries, retirement conditions, parental rights and duration of the agreement to other public sector employees, who are currently in talks with the government to renew their collective agreements.
“We are a drop of 150 members in a sea of 400,000 employees is not always us who will negotiate the contract for the civil service,” commented Mr. Ringuette.
Another tussle therefore agrees with the government, since the union encourages its members to participate in pressure tactics deployed by the common front of the public sector. Including rotating strikes have taken place last week.
“The Government financial framework is unacceptable. This is significant depletion of state employees that could affect the entire economy of Quebec, “said USW Quebec Director Daniel Roy.
In a written statement, Mr. Coiteux has “welcomed” Sunday night the end of the strike.
“This agreement demonstrates that, despite the fiscal framework of the government, it is possible to find pathways and negotiated solutions to meet the concerns of both sides,” he said.