Negotiations in the public sector | The FIQ submitted a counter-offer

2023-12-10 15:00:43

On the eve of a new strike sequence, the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) announces that it has submitted a counter-offer to the Legault government on Friday.

The latest offer from the Legault government includes salary increases of 12.7% over five years. An offer deemed “clearly insufficient” by the president of the FIQ, Julie Bouchard. The offer was refused by 99% of its members.

In the counter-offer, the FIQ instead proposes a 20% increase over four years, which includes a catch-up of 6% for 2022, 4% for 2023, 4% for 2024, 3% in 2025 and 3% in 2026.

“We are still a long way from an agreement in principle unfortunately,” declared Bouchard, in interview with The Press.

The FIQ has not yet requested a conciliator, but has not ruled out the idea. “For us, it’s not yet the time. Even if it is still quite difficult at the negotiating tables, there are still negotiations taking place and the negotiations are more open,” indicated Bouchard.

New strike sequence

The FIQ, which brings together 80,000 healthcare professionals, will be on strike again from December 11 to 14. “Unfortunately, we have no choice but to hold it, because there is no significant enough progress at the negotiating table,” declared Bouchard. The FIQ has already completed two strike sessions so far: November 9 and 10 and November 23 and 24.

The FIQ brings together nurses, practical nurses, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists. Essential services must be maintained despite the strike, but some care will be slowed down on certain units.

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The FIQ is also calling for a law on safe ratios in health care in Quebec and various measures to improve work-life balance.

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