“Not the right time” for a strike of the parks

«Pas le bon moment» pour une grève des parcs

Outdoor enthusiasts consider that the union of the Sépaq has ill-chosen his moment to take a strike, access to national parks being one of the few permitted activities during the crisis.

The Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) has reopened its parks, there are just a few days, but already the employees ‘ union threat to hold a strike on 24 June in order to force the resumption of negotiations, put on pause in mid-march, for the collective agreement.

Like many sectors have still not regained all of their activities, users of the Sépaq believe that the time is not ideal for holding a strike that would deprive the people of nature.

Enjoy the little that one has

“There are more festivals, concerts, restaurants… we would like to at least enjoy outdoor activities and camping,” says Laurence Cournoyer, met at parc national du Mont-Saint-Bruno.

“The time is ill-chosen,” says Alexiann Mongeau-Lachance.

Christian Daigle, president of the Union of the public service and parastatal Quebec, reassured Quebecers that just to get the green light to return in the national parks after weeks of closure.

“The strike, it may be that there are no services at this time there, in the institutions of the Sépaq. It was made in the last year, it was the access to people, but they were less services at that time “, he explained to VAT.

Never a good time

Johanne Goulet, who often travels to the park of Mont-Saint-Bruno, points out that several services, such as equipment rental and access to the bathrooms, are already restricted due to the coronavirus.

“What’s it going to be like the parks with these means of pressure ? It is a shame because the people are depressed and there is nothing better than spending time in nature to cheer you up. ”

Lise Cart supports these means of pressure.

“There was never a good time to take a strike. And if it is to defend their working conditions, I understand, especially as the wages are very low to the Sépaq. ”

The compensation is the issue that has remained unresolved at the bargaining table. The union asked for an increase of 2 %, while the employer offers the half.

Simon Boivin, spokesperson of the Sépaq, refused our interview request. He could not comment on the situation due to a judgement of the administrative Tribunal of the work.

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