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Public sector strike: the FIQ revises its salary requirements downwards | Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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FIQ demonstration on November 8 in front of Notre-Dame hospital in Montreal. (Archive photo)

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The Quebec Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ) indicated on Sunday that it had presented a counter-offer to the government on Friday which includes reduced financial requests.

L& #x27;union organization, which represents more than 80,000 members nurses, practical nurses, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists, is now demanding salary increases of 20% over 4 years (instead of 24% over 3 years, previously).

This includes a 6% catch-up for the year 2022 for the loss of purchasing power and annual increases of 4% in 2023 and 2024, then 3% in 2025 and 2026.

It must be borne in mind that the inflation forecast by the government for the period of the collective agreement , it's 12%.

A quote from the FIQ, in a statement sent by email

To this must be added the 3.5% bonus which was withdrawn without real justification, adds the organization, which affirms that in the end our demands barely reach the increase in the cost of living.

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The FIQ also wants to force the government to move on key issues affecting working conditions. Indeed, the government does not wish to move on forced displacement or on the imposition of a 4 p.m. single rate, mentions the union organization on social networks.

However, Jérôme Rousseau, vice-president of the organization's executive committee, says he does not sense, at the negotiating tables, any real desire from the management side to reach an agreement before the holidays.

We've been negotiating for over a year. If the pace has increased a little in recent weeks, it remains extremely slow on the government side, he told Radio-Canada.

It took over 48 hours to agree with the government on a parking clause that other collective agreements already had.

A quote from Jérôme Rousseau, vice-president of the executive committee of the FIQ

The FIQ will also be on strike from December 11 to 14. However, essential services will be provided, since this is the health sector.

With information from Gabrielle Proulx

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