Quebec’s treasury board president implored unions on Nov. 19 to table a counter-offer to the government’s last contract proposal as a week of planned, provincewide, public sector strikes is set to get underway.
Sonia LeBel published a short video on X, formerly known as Twitter, saying the province’s last offer was a serious one and merited a counter-proposal, but the unions have not submitted a reply.
“There’s been no movement from the union, I have had no counter-offer, they’ve offered nothing in return,” Ms. LeBel said. The province’s latest offer is worth $8 billion and is the fourth tabled during negotiations.
The province is negotiating contracts with unions representing some 600,000 public sector workers. Teachers, nurses, health care workers, junior college professors, and other public sector employees, will be on strike at various times during the coming week.
Unions rejected Quebec’s latest contract offer in late October for all employees—a 10.3 percent salary increase over five years, and a one-time payment of $1,000 to each worker, up slightly from the nine percent over the same term offered last December.
The government has said the offer was serious and in line with…
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