Dissatisfied with their half-victory Thursday, the unions of municipal employees promise already to continue the fight to the Court of appeal regarding the law 15 on the pension which comes to be declared part of the constitution.
One of the judgments the most awaited in Québec for more than ten months, is finally fallen on Thursday afternoon, at the end of a long legal battle. It concerns almost all the cities of the province and the rest of the unions of municipal officials.
Not less than 94 days of hearings have been necessary. The trial, which was held in the capital, came to an end in August 2019. Claimed by the mayor Régis Labeaume of Quebec city and the mayors of other large cities, and then adopted under the liberals in December 2014, the controversial act 15 provided for a sharing 50-50 of the deficits of the pension plans and the non-indexation of annuities.
In his voluminous decision of 227 pages, the judge Benoît Moulin gave reason to the State of québec and the Cities and towns for the first part, but pulled up to the side of the unions for the second.
“It is certain that we are going to appeal even if one is happy to have won this item-there for the retirees. We think that the same logic should apply to active participants, and we will continue the battle,” responded in the interview, the quebec director of CUPE, Marc Ranger, who has carried the torch of trade union Coalition for free negotiation for years.
In a communiqué issued at the beginning of the evening, the president of the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ), Suzanne Roy, is pleased that the superior Court “confirms that the legislature was within its right to adopt the law” 15.” It says it wants to study the judgment in detail, “in the coming weeks” to assess the impact for its members.
More details to come…