Economic update: the “yes but” of the central trade unions

Economic update: the & ldquo; yes but & rdquo; of the central labor unions

MISE & Agrave; DAY

The investments announced Thursday in the Legault government's mini-budget have aroused mixed reactions, in particular from the central trade unions.

If the Central of National Trade Unions (CSN) generally welcomes investments in health and education, the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ) puts a damper on the point by deploring the temporary nature of the Caquist budget incentives.

In addition to the investments “for to live with dignity ”, the CSN welcomes Quebec's actions to alleviate the labor shortage, while insisting on the need to increase wages.

“Because an ambitious economic plan must absolutely include a concrete improvement in the living conditions of Quebeckers and a minimum wage of $ 18 an hour,” pleaded the CSN in a press release.

“We salute the government's efforts to try to counter the shortage of manpower in health, childcare services and education, in particular with the establishment of incentive grants paid to students. But we will wait and see how things will get under way for all sectors and all job titles before jumping for joy, ”said Caroline Senneville, president of the CSN.

Even if the budget released to counter the scarcity of manpower testifies to an undeniable effort, the CSN believes that several sectors of the private sector seem to have been forgotten.

Scent update electoral, according to the CSQ

For its part, the CSQ detects “electoral scents” in the economic update of Quebec, but still welcomes some of the announced investments.

“We cannot deny that this update brings a lot of money on the table, but the government has opted for ephemeral measures. It is impossible not to see there a link with the fact that we are in an election year, ”reacted Éric Gingras, president of the CSQ.

For the union organization, financial incentives to alleviate the shortage of labor in targeted employment sectors is a partial solution.

“Injecting money to train labor where the needs are glaring, we obviously cannot not be against it, but that does not solve the problem, “said Mr. Gingras.

The improvement in the tax credit for child care expenses is not the” right “solution, according to the CSQ .

“We reiterate that the government must greatly accelerate the pace of conversion of private daycares to create a 100% public network of places in childcare centers and regulated and subsidized family environments,” added the union leader.

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