December 5 , 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Quebec’s 400,000 public-sector workers are planning a one-day general strike for better pay on Dec. 9. Some members of the Common Front of public-sector unions reached an agreement with the provincial government on working conditions Nov. 30, but the two sides are still far apart on money issues.
Our priority, the Common Front’s priority, is remuneration, salaries,” said Jeff Begley, president of the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (Health and Social Services Federation), which represents 110,000 workers. “And on that, the government hasn’t budged.
The government’s latest offer was a 3% raise over five years plus salary changes that would add another 2.3% for almost all workers; the Common Front has asked for a minimum of 6.9% over three years. Another union, the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (Autonomous Teaching Federation), which represents 34,000 teachers in French-speaking schools, plans a three-day walkout Dec. 9-11. Read more