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New amendments tabled as part of the detailed study of Bill 15 provide for six employment categories instead of four.

 Quebec wants to reshuffle the employment categories in health

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Quebec Minister of Health, Christian Dubé

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Engaged in a sprint to make adopt by the holidays its bill 15 aimed at making the health system more efficient, the Minister of Health of Quebec, Christian Dubé, must table new amendments on Tuesday as part of the detailed study of the legislative document.

According to information obtained by Radio-Canada, the minister intends to increase from four to six the number of job categories for the 310,000 employees in the health network.

A presentation was made to many unions last Friday. We would thus aim to group job titles in a more coherent manner.

Among the proposed changes, respiratory therapists, until now placed in the same category as nurses, would now be in a new category, with medical imaging technicians and technologists.

The Professional Order of Respiratory Therapists has more than 4,500 members in Quebec.

Another change aims to separate beneficiary attendants and trade employees into two categories, which include kitchen and maintenance staff.

There are around 45,000 attendants in Quebec.

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At the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), it is difficult to explain this 180-degree turnaround.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">By email, we were informed that Minister Dubé and his government have been proclaiming for months that they want fewer collective agreements, but we learn that they want to add more, going from four to six categories.

The FIQ currently brings together nearly 80,000 employees only in category 1. This union is not part of the Common Front in the context of current negotiations in the public sector.

These amendments also come at a time when Minister Dubé reiterates how he seeks to offer more flexibility with the creation of a single employer, Santé Québec. A nurse, for example, could change region without losing seniority.

To the Alliance of Professional and Technical Personnel in Health and social services (APTS), we completed the analysis of the amendments on Monday. A meeting is already scheduled tomorrow [Tuesday] to present everything to our teams and we will not issue any comments until they are well informed, we have been told. The APTS brings together nearly 60,000 members in category 4.

Present in all categories, the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN) remains the main union in the health network, with 120,000 members.

For his part, the president of the Union of Professionals of the Government of Quebec (SPGQ), Guillaume Bouvrette, said he reminded Minister Dubé of the need to have a job category for the 500 administrative professionals of the Ministry of Health who would move to the Santé Québec agency.

The people transferred would be subject to the health network agreement with lower pay, explains Mr. Bouvrette. We therefore want a separate category to reflect the specificity of their work linked to research, analysis and recommendations, in particular.

In principle , Bill 15 provides for the merger of collective agreements in order to reduce the number of negotiation tables to six.

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