The government of Quebec requests the suspension of negotiations for the renewal of collective agreements for public sector employees until April 5, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
In a statement sent to The Canadian Press on Saturday , the Chairman of the Treasury Board Christian Dubé explains that he made this request “to allow us to focus on mitigating and controlling the impacts of the pandemic”.
According to Mr. Dubé, his proposal was received “with a lot of openness”.
Three unions have informed La Presse canadienne that they have accepted or intend to accept the offer from Quebec: the Union of Professionals of the Government of Quebec (SPGQ), the Union of Public and Parapublic Service of Quebec (SFPQ) and the Central of Quebec Unions (CSQ).
“It is more important now to ensure that the multiplication of the virus does not happen,” summarized the president of the SGPQ Line Lamarre in an interview. We are not going to put pressure on a government which I think is also trying to do its best day by day. It’s still an exceptional situation. ”
Same response to the CSQ. By email, the press relations adviser, Sébastien Marcil, confirmed that the union does not object to the request “taking into account the current major crisis”.
The SFPQ also indicated that in the circumstances it will “most certainly answer in the affirmative”. The official response will be provided on Monday.
Most of the other unions have confirmed that they have received the request and are in the process of discussing it.
The Quebec Federation of Workers (FTQ) reported having been informed on Friday during a meeting at the central table. Discussions are continuing and they plan to meet the demand on Sunday, said a spokesman for the plant.
For its part, the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) has indicated that a meeting will take place on Sunday in order to take a decision.
The Alliance of Professional and Technical Staff in Health and Social Services (APTS) and the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) both said they were taking the request under advisement.