Quebec unions call government wage offer ‘insulting’

By Phillipe Authier | Published Dec 15, 2014 by the Montreal Gazette

A showdown is looming between Quebec’s common front and the government as a result of Quebec’s plans to freeze their wages for two years and discourage retirement because it costs the treasury a bundle.

“It’s as if the government is lonely for the sound of banging pots,” said Lucie Chabot spokesperson for the Secrétariat intersyndical des services publics in threatening to send workers into the streets to make sure cabinet ministers have a “warm winter” in their ridings.

“What we have here are five pages of contempt,” added Sylvain Mallette, president of the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement. “Quebec is saying to its employees, you are not worth the rate of inflation.

“This is a government that does not like its employees,” said Régine Laurent, president of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec, representing 65,000 nurses and health care workers.

“This is a government that wants to drive its employees out of the public sector.”

Read more: http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/government-presents-wage-offer-to-public-sector

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