QUEBEC – The Syndicat des professionnelles et professionnels du government du Quebec (SPGQ) has called for wage increases totaling 6.4% for the next three years.
Engaged in negotiations for the renewal of their collective agreement, an estimated 30 000 workers represented by this union request, in a counterproposal unveiled on Monday wage increases of 2.2% in 2020 and 2021, and then to 2 % in 2022.
“This is a counter-offer is reasonable. Let us not forget that the professional staff has been working hard behind the scenes to manage the current crisis and ensure that the State continues to fulfill its missions,” assured the president of the SPGQ, Line Lamarre, by issuing a press release.
The union requests, however, that their salary increase should be reviewed if the index of the consumer price index (CPI) made a bond more important than the increase granted to employees during the year.
“This is to protect the purchasing power of our members that never ceased to melt over the years. Without such a clause, they are likely to be impoverished,” stressed Ms. Lamarre.
Unionized workers are also asking to be paid overtime at the rate of 35 hours of work per week.
The SPGQ represents about 30 000 specialists of any kind working for the public service, the Agence du revenu du Québec, as well as in health, in education and in the State companies.