Public sector negotiations – Precarity, recognition and improvement, work to be done to retain workforce in Outaouais, CSQ says

GATINEAUQCJune 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – “More than ever, we need to put the vital role of staff back in the forefront in education, academia and healthcare. These years of health crisis have allowed the residents of Quebec to take stock of the importance of the various public networks in their daily lives. Now is the time to take care of those who take care of the world! », declared the president of the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ), Éric Gingras, on his way to Gatineauat the invitation of the regional coordination of CSQ unions in Outaouais.

Recall that negotiations on the renewal of collective bargaining agreements in the public sector will begin next autumn in a context that has its share of challenges: return of inflation, decline in purchasing power, recognition of women’s work and labor shortages.

“In Outaouais there is, of course, the issue of proximity to theOntario which is also a game changer when it comes to attracting and retaining employees in our networks, especially in education. In October 2019, the National Assembly passed a motion aimed precisely at recognizing the particularities of the region in this regard. But two and a half years later, it is clear that these challenges still exist, due to a lack of necessary investment. At the start of an election campaign, we think it’s important to remind the government of this,” argues Éric Gingras, adding that to attract the next generation and retain the expertise of the workforce, there are not a thousand ways to do: it is necessarily about promoting and improving working conditions.

Less uncertainty and more justice!

The two co-spokespersons for the regional coordination of CSQ unions in Outaouais, Mélanie Déziel-Proulx and Guy Croteaualso argue that more attractive jobs are needed.

“Promoting also means improving working conditions, in particular respecting the professional autonomy of the staff and quality jobs that, for example, offer sufficient hours. Why is uncertainty so pervasive, especially in the education network, when we are in the midst of a staff shortage? This is nonsense! Especially because the competition with jobs in the federal public service, just next door, is very strong. A well-known situation for the CSQ unions in Outaouais, which contributes to exacerbating the staff shortage and exerts pressure and a burden on those in office.

The two co-spokespersons add that recognizing the real value of jobs with very strong female predominance would also be a concrete gesture of promotion.

“Inequality persists despite the many advancements since the passage of the Pay Equity Act 25 years ago. It needs to be strengthened more than ever before, so that the thousands of female workers in predominantly female sectors, who rightly demand equal pay for work deemed equal, finally see their jobs recognized at their real value. Pay equity needs more than talking about it, it needs to be solved! All Quebecers will benefit from this. †

An election trap

With the return of the summer period, negotiations in education, university and health care will soon begin: consultation, drafting and filing of union demands, all against the backdrop of the election campaign.

It should also be noted that the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ), the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) and the Federation of Quebec Workers (FTQ) have announced the formation of a common front in order to negotiate with one voice. with the government. Collective labor agreements in the public sector expire in less than a year, on March 31, 2023.

Profile of the CSQ

The CSQ represents nearly 200,000 members, of whom approximately 125,000 are teaching staff. The CSQ has 11 federations bringing together some 240 member unions; there is also the AREQ (CSQ), the Association of Retired Education and Other Public Services in Quebec. The CSQ is also present in the health and social services, early childhood education, municipalities, recreation, culture, community and communications sectors.

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For more information: Maude Messier, CSQ Press Officer, Cell: 514 213-0770, Email: [email protected]

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