State engineers refused the Couillard government’s “enhanced” wage offer to more than 90 per cent. They are now threatening to resume their strike if negotiations continue to stall.
During the electronic vote held between June 29 and July 6, the Quebec offer was refused at 90.07 per cent. The turnout was 90 per cent.
The 1400 members of the Professional Association of Engineers of the Government (APIGQ) are aiming for a salary catch up of 20 percent over seven years, said the president of the union, Marc-André Martin, Friday.
The Treasury Board’s offer is rather around 5.25 percent over four years, he said. The gap is enormous, “said Mr. Martin, adding that both sides were not at all” on the same ice “.
The union has been negotiating with the government since 2014 and the collective agreement has expired since March 2015. It maintains that the average salary of a state engineer is $ 74,000 per year and is up to $ 82,000 annually.
Mr. Martin claims that engineers employed by the Government of Quebec earn only $ 7,000 more than a librarian employed by the same government.
The engineers, who have disengaged a first time this spring before shrinking from the threat of a special law, have disrupted several construction sites. On Friday, Martin said work on the Pierre Laporte bridge in Quebec City was delayed by three weeks.
The two sides are scheduled to hold another round of talks on 11 July.