Thousands of union members demonstrate in Montreal, Coiteux sets out its expectations

marcheurs-dont-bonne-proportion-femmesWhile few thousand union Common Front demonstrated Tuesday in downtown Montreal, the President of the Treasury Board, Martin Coiteux, warned them that he expected them against a proposal similar to that-it has already filed in monetary terms.

The common front, which represents 400,000 of the 500,000 state employees, announced Wednesday he would table a proposal against-the latest government offer.

Coiteux The Minister hoped that this proposal went against-be “serious, reasonable and consistent with the ability to pay of Quebecers.”

The latest government offer alter the order of two years of wage freeze and three years of proposed increases of 1% over five years, so that an increase of 1% to be paid sooner.

Moreover, Quebec added $ 550 million in terms of salary relativity to enhance the salary scales of thousands of employees. Similarly, he displayed the postponement of 60 to 62 the age at which it will be possible to retire without penalty. He also withdrew its request to calculate the retirement pension on the eight best years rather than the five best years.

This offer, however, was rejected the same day by both unions united front in the public sector than in the other unions.

The rotating strike the common front has therefore continued. Monday and Tuesday, it was the turn of Montreal and Laval disengage, more than 114,000 state employees.

So they were a few thousand to pace Canada Place at Victoria Square in Montreal Tuesday morning.

“We toured Quebec, both in the Gaspé, Saguenay, Montreal or the Outaouais, Abitibi, no matter the level of mobilization is very strong; I would say it is historical. I think we have not seen it since the 1970s in Quebec, “commented the president of the CSN, Jacques Létourneau, from walking.

Motorists and truckers passing by were honking as many as a sign of support, as well as many bystanders who raised their thumbs. And that has not always been the case during strikes or protests of the public sector in recent years.

“I think it’s kind of the combination of our wage demands, but also the generalized ras-le-bol of workers who live reform over reform – still they are asked to do more with less – and honestly A level of mobilization which is also the height, synonymous with sympathy of the population, manifested everywhere on the picket lines, -a opined Mr. Létourneau. There is a feeling in public opinion sympathy to the place of public sector workers, which is very good news for us, but that is a less good for the government. ”

At his side, Daniel Boyer, president of the FTQ, warned that the common front in its against-proposal would ensure ask for wage increases and not gels. “We do not want the depletion of our members and this is what Mr. Coiteux offers since the beginning of this negotiation one,” he argued, adding that he would seek a “catch-up” pay for its members.

Initially, the common front wondered 4.5% increase per year for three years.

But the minister said Coiteux expect a cons-proposal “comes close trading parameters we put on the table.” Or, Quebec offers two years and three years gel with increases limited to 1%. Moreover, it is that against-union proposal includes concessions concerning the pension plan.

If negotiations are unsuccessful, the common front provides exercise other pressure means provided to its strike mandate, a general strike on 1, 2 and 3 December. And the parliamentary session at Quebec must end on December 4.

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