“The clock is ticking, Ms. LeBel. It’s time to negotiate!”
9 juin 2021
Montréal – After a two-day general strike on June 7 and 8, the APTS is continuing to mobilize its members and is announcing another two days of strike action on June 21 and 22. Representing more than 60,000 public-sector workers in health and social services, the APTS has a mandate from its members to strike for up to 10 days. But the union hopes to get the Legault government to see reason and reach an acceptable agreement for its members before further pressure tactics are necessary.
“A strike is always a last resort. We have no choice but to continue to take strike action, as no significant progress has been made at the bargaining table. We’re still reaching out to the head of the Treasury Board and her bargaining team. We’ll work day and night if the government commits to using our proposals to attract and retain personnel in public health and social services,” explained Robert Comeau, 1st vice-president of the APTS.
The APTS represents the vast majority of professional and technical employees in the health and social services sector. Given the realities they face, the union has made labour shortages and work overload its key bargaining issues in public-sector talks to renew their collective agreements. We urgently need to agree on solutions to address the current crisis in public services. In the meantime, the pay gap between workers in public services and those in other sectors of the economy is widening, competition with the private sector is intensifying, and employees are buckling under the pressure.
The situation is critical in all sectors where APTS members work, and particularly in youth protection. The Legault government has committed to implementing the recommendactions of the Special Commission on Children’s Rights and Youth Protection to curb work overload, ensure greater recognition of the role of youth workers, and guarantee that their physical and mental health is protected. Yet the Treasury Board negotiators still haven’t put any offers on the table to address these issues.
“Our proposals will concretely improve services for Quebecers. We know how to be creative in finding solutions, but it takes two to negotiate. The ball is now in the government’s court. Ms. LeBel, it’s time to negotiate!” concluded the vice-president of the APTS.
The APTS (Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux) represents 60,000 members who play a key role in ensuring that health and social services institutions run smoothly. Our members provide a wide range of services for the population as a whole, including diagnostic, rehabilitation, nutrition, psychosocial intervention, clinical support, and prevention services.