A balance sheet in 2017 in the semi-shade for the FTQ

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
Daniel Boyer, president of the central union FTQ

At the time of the balance sheets, the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) paints a dark portrait of labour relations in Quebec in 2017.


Minimum wage is unsatisfactory, return to work, forced, threat of a special law to limit the means of pressure : the treatment of labour disputes by the government Couillard ” must be denounced “, judge of the FTQ.


Construction workers, lawyers, and engineers of the State, or the paramedics, many sectors were faced with the intransigence of Quebec.


The president of the central union, Daniel Boyer, also regrets that the government has preferred to cut taxes rather than invest in the public services targeted for cuts for years.


The FTQ is pleased, however, to have convinced him in the folder of improvement to the Québec pension Plan.


Expectations for 2018


Events after events, Quebecers have repeatedly requested an increase in the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour, like British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. A request remained without response. Québec rather provides for incremental increases to achieve 50 % of the average hourly wage in 2020 range $12.45.


“The current minimum wage is insufficient to live decently. […] In 2016, 219 600 people working at minimum wage, ” says Mr. Boyer.


But the FTQ does not give up and will continue his campaign in 2018.


The expectations will be all the more large and many, as the year will be marked by the provincial elections, an opportunity for the parties to make ” clear commitments “.


The central trade union keeps the hope of seeing it disappear to the terms of disparity of treatment within pension plans and group insurance, which feed the conflict between old and new workers.


In terms of the environment, the FTQ wants to ” a real debate on climate change and the exploitation of hydrocarbons “. But also the implementation of a project on electrification and the development of public transport.


Trudeau criticized


The secretary-general of the FTQ, Serge Cadieux, refers to the folder Netflix ” a real mess “, strongly criticizing the agreement between the federal government and the american giant of online streaming, which will not have to pay a penny in tax on products and services.


“Not to mention the payroll system Phoenix, which is a disaster,” he adds. To allow the canadian government to save money, the payroll system of federal public servants has multiplied the pays wrong for the past two years. Many officials expect that the situation is straightened out.


The FTQ judge too severely the choices made in the environment, and denounces the absence of a policy to combat tax evasion. Not to mention his disappointment at the decline of the Trudeau government to reform the mode of election.