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Le Common Front reaches agreement with Quebec at the central negotiating table

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François Enault (CSN), Eric Gingras (CSQ), Magali Picard (FTQ) and Robert Comeau (APTS), leaders of the Inter-union Common Front


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The Common Front announced at the beginning of the afternoon that it had managed to reach a proposal for an agreement in principle with the Legault government at the central negotiating table.

The Common Front recalled that the conclusion of this agreement, concerning salaries, pensions and social benefits, occurred after 11 days of strike and many weeks of intensive work at the negotiating tables.

Details of the agreement will not be revealed until January. We now wish to first present it to our respective authorities, indicated the spokespersons for the Common Front.

The Common Front, however, indicated that the negotiations regarding wages were based on two key principles: protecting our 420,000 workers against inflation and obtaining a certain general catch-up in wages for all workers. .

This is what guided us throughout this blitz negotiation to reach a proposed agreement.

A quote from the Common Front Communiqué

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For the future, the unions will convene their delegations in the coming days to present the content of the proposed agreements. Delegations will determine whether or not the proposals constitute a comprehensive agreement in principle.

At the next stage, members will be called upon to vote at a general meeting to ratify it.

We will speak of an agreement in principle when the appropriate union authorities have ratified the settlement hypothesis. We will simply talk about an understanding when the members have voted in favor of the agreement in principle.

For her part, the President of the Treasury Board, Sonia LeBel, welcomed in a press release an important proposed agreement, which takes into account the x27;improvement of working conditions and work organization through greater flexibility in collective agreements.

In addition to remuneration, the national intersectoral matters of collective agreements include the retirement plan, the collective insurance plan, regional disparities and parental rights.

A quote from Sonia LeBel, president of the Council of the treasure

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We see in the press release [of the Common Front] that there are two major elements: protection against inflation […] and also a certain catch-up in wages […] These objectives, the Front common considers to have achieved it, explained Marc Ranger, the former Quebec director of CUPE on the airwaves of ICI RDI.

To achieve this proposed agreement, the two parties had to make important compromises, he believes.

We remember that Minister Dubé passed a major health reform. So, from the government side, there was a lot of pressure for flexibility. But on the other hand, we knew that there were monetary expectations for the people of the Common Front, he underlined.

< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">This balance that we seek in a negotiation has been found.

A quote from Marc Ranger, former Quebec director of CUPE

Wednesday, late in the evening, the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) also announced that it had reached a global settlement proposal with the government, after three weeks unlimited general strike and four days of negotiation blitz.

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The FAE has been on an indefinite general strike since November 23. (Archive photo)

The proposal is described as comprehensive, because it concerns both salaries (at the central table) and working conditions. work (at sectoral tables).

By press release, the FAE indicated that it would submit the content of this proposal to the nine affiliated member unions on Thursday during a Federal Negotiating Council. If he gives his approval, the proposal will become an agreement in principle and will be presented to the members of the FAE during general meetings after the holidays. This agreement concerns 40% of teachers in the school network.

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