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A government of Québec solidaire would allow all workers who can and wish to benefit from part-time telecommuting, a formula appreciated by many Quebecers that has proven its worth during the pandemic.
There are jobs that do not lend themselves to working from home. Students need to be close to their teacher and patients need to be seen generally in person by their caregivers. But confinement has shown that several jobs can be done remotely.
Solidarity MP Alexandre Leduc thus proposes to create a “right to telework”, which would allow employees to work from home part-time, that is to say up to a maximum of 50% of the time.   ;
Alexandre Leduc. Member of Parliament for Québec solidaire
“The pandemic has massiveized a phenomenon that was originally very marginal: teleworking. It was imposed at the time for health reasons, but many people have taken a liking to it, ”he notes.
The boss decides
But right now it's the boss who has the big end of the stick and decides whether or not to allow his employees to work from home.
By including it in black and white in labor standards, employees, whether unionized or not, would have their say. “The employer could not just say no. If he said no, he would have to justify it,” said the MP for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
It is the CNESST that would be empowered to decide, much like it already does so for the right to accommodation of pregnant women.
MNA Leduc is convinced that there is an “appetite” for this work formula, which makes life easier for many Quebecers.
“The unions are sending us positive signals on the fact that their members want to keep some telework, in cases where it applies of course, so we think we can innovate in Quebec,” he insists.
Good for the environment
Le solidaire points out that many citizens have to devote a significant part of their day to transportation to get to the office.
Telework makes it possible in particular to reduce this precious wasted time. “There are gains for the environment, for mental health, for work-family balance. »
Alexandre Leduc is convinced that some employers also see advantages, particularly in terms of saving space.
This is the case of the government. Part-time telecommuting is now the norm among state employees. In the last two years, the ministries have been deserted. But if they have been back in person since the beginning of April, civil servants work from home half the week.
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