Orderlies: Quebec is considering a floor wage for the private sector

Préposés aux bénéficiaires: Québec envisage un plancher salarial pour le secteur privé

Québec is examining the possibility of establishing a floor wage for attendants in private homes to avoid their exodus to the public network.

This is what was stated by the minister of Seniors, Marguerite Blais, in a press briefing Thursday.

“[The avenue] is being examined by the minister of Labour (Jean Boulet), who has been in contact with the various unions and the various organizations such as NURSING homes, private and the Regroupement québécois des résidences pour aînés private”, she explained.

Quebec announced Wednesday the launch of a historic campaign in the aim to train and employ 10 000 orderlies in the public network which would begin at a salary of $ 26 per hour. It aims to address the urgent needs of the workforce in these establishments and to replace the soldiers of the canadian armed Forces who need to break camp in June.

This campaign is however a danger to the private sector an exodus of their staff, paid a lot less, to the public network.

“I don’t know how are we going to compete with that. They offer a large salary, then they are going to come to drain” our staff is already difficult to recruit, ” said the executive director of two private residences for seniors on the South Shore of Quebec city, Catherine Paré, in interview to the Newspaper.

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