NOVEMBER 2019 | No. 2

Following extensive consultations with you and other members this fall, we officially transmitted our demands to the government.

In action for negotiations

Eight billion dollars last year. Nearly three billion this year. For five years in a row now, the government has been reporting surpluses.

That’s what I highlighted to the 800 delegates from the APTS-FIQ alliance who demonstrated on October 24 in front of the Parliament Building in Québec City, before marching to the Treasury Board’s office to file their intersectoral demands.

It’s up to the Legault government to make a major effort, if it wants to, and demarcate itself from the preceding government. It’s a political choice.

In politics, there’s rhetoric and there’s action.

The rhetoric is that the CAQ government will make health and social services a priority.

The rhetoric in the premier’s inaugural speech a year ago is that personnel in health and social services – and I quote – "was hit particularly hard.”

The rhetoric, in the premier’s own words – and I quote once again – "We’re going to move forward hand-in-hand with professionals, and we’re going to concretely improve the situation."

The time for rhetoric is over. It’s time for action that tangibly improves the situation. The true nature of this government will be revealed by its actions.

Is it really a government committed to renewal that keeps its word? Or is it a government that practises a new level of austerity?

If that’s the case, the government is going to find us in its path, reminding it of its commitments and not backing down.

We’re not backing down because WE’RE DONE WORKING OURSELVES SICK!

Carolle Dubé, President of the APTS


Legitimate demands

After a long and difficult period of austerity, it's essential that our members be treated equitably and paid fairly. We are asking for a 3.2% annual increase tied to cost-of-living increases, and a 4% annual catch-up increase to bring our members' pay in line with that of Québec workers as a whole. 

On October 30, we filed our sectoral demands on issues that concern our members exclusively. These demands focus on work overload, measures to attract and retain personnel, the organization of work, conditions of practice for various professions, occupational health and safety, and family/work/study balance.