Premium for working with clients who have serious behaviour disorders and for working in nursing homes, and budget for the development of professional practice
It is also crucial that the government continue with the lump-sum payments that are due to end on the same date. The lump-sum payment for employees working with clients who have serious behaviour disorders (Letter of Agreement No. 17) and the one for employees working with clients in residential and long-term care centres (Letter of Agreement No. 18) will no longer be made as of March 31, 2020. The same thing applies to the budget for the development of professional practice. These amounts are a form of recognition of working conditions that are particularly important as measures to attract and retain personnel in public health and social services.
In a context in which labour shortages are becoming increasingly critical, the reluctance of the Legault government to continue paying such premiums and this budget sends a very ill-considered message. It could have consequences on service delivery for a vulnerable population, due to a lack of personnel.
It’s important to know that our demands are not limited to preserving the premiums and the budget for the development of professional practice.
We hope to have good news from the government representatives at our next bargaining session. At very least, we hope that the current conditions are upheld during the period of negotiations, which would be “innovative,” in the words of Mr. Dubé.