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The 420,000 union members of the Common Front have been voting since this week on the agreement in principle concluded with the Legault government.

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A first health union federation in Quebec rejects a proposed settlement and intends to return to negotiate the working conditions of its members.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">According to information obtained by Radio-Canada, around fifty representatives of the Federal Council of the Quebec Health Federation, affiliated with the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (FSQ-CSQ), member of the Common Front, rejected 98% of sectoral agreement reached on December 24, during the last few days.

In a communication shared Thursday with the more than 5,200 members of the FSQ-CSQ, the negotiating team said it was aware that certain aspects remain serious irritants, notably the increase in overtime at double rate on weekends, which is not does not apply to everyone, or the disparity between part-time and full-time workers in the granting of overtime, as well as the non-payment of a percentage of permits from professional orders.

The delegation judged that there had been setbacks at the table, so the body judged that the agreement was not interesting enough to present to you.

A quote from the team of negotiation of the FSQ-CSQ

In December, the Treasury Board nevertheless maintained that the proposed regulation, agreed with the Fédération de la santé du Québec, will notably allow for better work-life balance, improve the service offering during unfavorable work shifts and to ensure a more flexible organization of work for the benefit of the entire population.

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The FSQ-CSQ represents more than 5,200 nurses, practical nurses and respiratory therapists who work in the regions of Montreal, Laval, Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec and Gaspésie.

This was one of the smallest health unions that was part of the Common Front.

The negotiating team intends to request the intervention of a conciliator and specifies to the members that they will soon be called to vote on the agreement in principle for an intersectoral settlement concerning salary, insurance, parental rights, disparities and retirement.

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Eric Gingras, Robert Comeau, Magali Picard and Francois Énault at a press conference. (File photo)

During the Common Front negotiations, the Confederation of National Unions (CSN), the CSQ, the Federation of Workers of Quebec (FTQ) and the Alliance of Professional and Technical Personnel in Health and Social Services (APTS ) jointly negotiated the intersectoral clauses linked to remuneration.

Each union nevertheless negotiated the sectoral clauses.

According to our information, the FSQ-CSQ's decision could have repercussions on the approval processes of other health unions.

On the side of the Health and Social Services Federation (FSSS-CSN), for example, the largest health union with 120,000 members, delegates from affiliated unions recommended the proposed regulation at the beginning of January. General meetings must take place until February 20.

In this case, members are called to vote on the whole, without distinction between the sectoral and intersectoral.

This decision by the FSQ-CSQ could also have an effect in the context of the creation of the single employer Santé Québec. Each union will have to highlight its strengths during the raiding period to represent the 300,000 public sector health workers.

The Interprofessional Federation of Health of Quebec (FIQ), which represents 80,000 nurses, has still not agreed to an agreement to date.

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