The education union CSQ and Quebec reach an agreement in principle on the contract of 125,000 workers

Wages will increase by six percent over three years.

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An agreement in principle affecting 125,000 workers in schools, CEGEPs and the health sector was reached between the union of the Centrale des unions du Québec and the government of Quebec.

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The agreement covers salaries, pensions and regional disparities, the CSQ announced on Wednesday. Its negotiating committee “confirms that significant progress has been made at the various negotiating tables which justify presenting the proposal for the approval of the members”.

The CSQ said the government has accepted the demand for a six percent wage increase over three years, with particular attention to improving the pay of people at the bottom of the ladder.

The proposal is expected to be submitted to members at general meetings by the end of September.

In recent weeks, tentative agreements have been reached on working conditions for teachers, education professionals and support workers, among others. But the CSQ had not concluded a comprehensive intersectoral agreement on the renewal of collective agreements, unlike the FTQ and CSN federations.

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This agreement, if ratified, concludes the round of negotiations for the CSQ. Quebec confirmed that the agreements on the new contracts “have now been submitted to almost 100 percent” of employees in health and social services as well as education.

Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel said the deal is good for members, “while respecting the financial capacity” of the government. “We have demonstrated once again that we respect our commitments, not only to the employees involved in these transactions, but to all Quebecers,” LeBel said in a statement.

The new agreement comes as the CSQ welcomed a new president, Éric Gingras, who replaced Sonia Éthier on Wednesday. Gingras said he looks forward to focusing on returning to class this fall amid the pandemic recovery.

Several studies have shown that young people are more anxious and have more personal and educational difficulties, which complicates the work of teachers and professionals represented by the CSQ, said Gingras, a former elementary school teacher who comes from the Syndicat de Champlain union. on the south shore of Montreal.

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