MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Jacques Landry, President, FPPE(CSQ)
We’ll get there together!
We are entering a crucial phase in the negotiations, and our expectations are obviously high. Never have there been so many vacant professional positions.
In the consultations leading up to this round of negotiations, you were almost unanimous in your desire to form a common front. In the current context, with a government that invests in everything to save its public services, being 420,000 members is a major asset. We must do all we can to maintain this solidarity between the four organizations that make up the Common Front.
Yet, the greater the number, the harder it is to affect the course of events. At FPPE and CSQ, we campaigned very hard to avoid having to hold an unlimited general strike before the holidays. Obviously, we would have preferred not to go on strike and to have a quicker outcome. However, it would be totally unacceptable in the current context to suffer setbacks in terms of retirement and impoverish ourselves.
Sector-specific issues are just as important when it comes to attracting and retaining professional personnel. We continue to call for an appropriate overall compensation package, tailored to the specific characteristics of each profession, as well as measures to make working conditions attractive and rewarding.
Following the mobilization efforts, we sensed an acceleration of discussions at the tables. We are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We really want to bring this round of negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, we have public opinion behind us, as several polls have shown. And we are faced with a government that is showing signs of fatigue and disconnection.
We need your mobilization ‒ we’ll get there together!