The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) has rejected unanimously, on Tuesday, the latest proposals from the government of François Legault, qualified as unacceptable and insulting.
All the delegates of the FIQ, both the public and private sector, have said no to the proposals put forward by the Coalition avenir Quebec, in power in Quebec city.
“Our activists are offended, and their message is clear: we will not sign never an agreement at a discount. We are very far from an agreement, there is absolutely nothing for the healthcare professionals in this offer,” said the president of the FIQ, Nancy Bédard, by issuing a press release.
“For years, they fall in combat, they are overworked, exhausted, they are in psychological distress. It is necessary to find sustainable solutions and we have a number of proposed”, she added.
Allied to the Alliance’s professional and technical staff of the health and social services (APTS) in this negotiation in order to set the working conditions of a large part of the unionized workforce in the field of health care, the FIQ denounced the proposal to increase salaries by 5% over three years. It considers this amount insufficient.
The two unions deplore also the instability of the teams, the compulsory overtime and the ratios too low on the number of staff by patients.
The FIQ represents 76 000 nurses, respiratory therapists and perfusionists clinical, while the APTS features 55 000 professionals and technicians who provide a range of services in the field of diagnosis, rehabilitation, nutrition, psychosocial intervention, clinical support and prevention.