MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Jacques Landry, President, FPPE(CSQ)
Taking a stand as a Federation and a Front Commun
Between September 25 and October 10, we’ll be holding general assemblies at all FPPE unions, so that members can vote on the advisability of a Front Commun strike.
By October 13, 420,000 public service workers (CSQ, FTQ, CSN and APTS) will be doing the same. It would be a historic strike and mobilization movement unprecedented in the last 50 years.
The reason is simple: the government treats us with contempt. While Members of Parliament have been offered a 30% increase, and police officers with the Sûreté du Québec have been offered a 21% increase, the wage offer to government employees is 9% over 5 years, plus a lump sum of $1,000.
The government is even going so far as to attack the RREGOP. It currently suggests that each contributed year should count for 1.4% instead of the current 2%. It thinks it can keep them captive until they’re 65.
Based on this scenario, retirement after 35 years of service at a salary of $85,000 is now equivalent to a pension of $59,500 before age 65, and $43,200 from age 65 onwards (subsequently offset by RRQ coordination, which is 7%). Based on the scenario presented by the government, the amounts will be $43,600 at ages 60 and 65. This represents an unacceptable reduction of $16,300 from ages 60 to 65.
This weekend, there will be a major Common Front protest in Montreal, where a powerful warning must be sent to the government. Strong attendance is crucial.
We are now in a period of intensified pressure tactics.
As far as the renewal of the collective agreement for professional staff is concerned, despite sustained discussions and some progress, we received few answers regarding our priorities. We would like to improve the situation of our members with regard to monetary aspects. We also want to improve working conditions so that they are more appealing, notably by recognizing the right to work from home and by obtaining levers to act on overload.
Currently, we are conducting an extensive media tour across all regions of Quebec to talk about the working conditions of professional staff. The tour began on September 6 and will end in early October, with one or two press conferences a week.
After years of austerity and wage increases that barely keep up with inflation, there’s no way we’re going to accept another slap in the face.
And we will get there in solidarity with our Front Commun colleagues.