The exodus of the orderlies, from the private to the public, not product: less than 1% of employees of private residences for seniors have left their posts to follow the accelerated formation of the government to work for$ 26 an hour in a CHSLD.
“I thought it was going to be worse, but this is not,” said the president of the Regroupement québécois des résidences pour aînés (RQRA), Yves Desjardins, about these figures collected from its members.
The Journal de Quebec published Monday, the testimony of an owner of private residences for seniors (EPS) angered by the departure of several attendants and a nurse who worked for him, but have preferred to follow the training express provided by the government.
Quebec has committed to recruit 10 000 attendants in NURSING and is currently training these people so that they can begin their terms in September. Their terms include a salary of$ 26 an hour as of the first day, not to mention the paid training.
However, if the private residences had initially feared an exodus of their employees to the public network, this scenario has clearly not materialized, according to Yves Desjardins.
“For some residences, it hurts. If you have 26 employees, and you lose one, it is not so serious. But when you have two of them and you lose one, it is a problem”, he said.
The curricula vitae of 1700 candidates not selected for the formation of the government should be transferred to private residences for seniors (RPP), according to what had been stated by the prime minister, François Legault, after having obtained their agreement.
But these curricula vitae are still expected, according to Yves Desjardins, in particular for reasons of protection of personal data.
In spite of everything, the RQRA continues to make representations to obtain a financial compensation that would help bridge the wage gap between the public and the private.
“Is that the gap is going to kill us, definitely. To$ 16 [per hour, in the private sector], it’s a 10$ difference [with the public]. We would like to raise wages, but to increase expenditure, it is necessary to increase revenues,” said Yves Desjardins.
Pending the implementation of a permanent solution, the RPA has received to Quebec the guarantee that premiums temporary 8% for health professionals in first line and 4% to other employees of the network would be maintained, said Yves Desjardins.