Dissatisfied with the pace of negotiations with Quebec the FIQ

Dissatisfied with the pace of negotiations with Quebec, the FIQ sets the tone

(Montreal) As negotiations for its collective agreement with Quebec slow to pick up a sustained pace, FIQ is raising the bar and launching its slogan, “There are limits.”

Posted at 10:53am


Lia Levesque The Canadian Press

Its Extraordinary National Council met on Friday and launched this new slogan, in addition to taking stock of the state of negotiations with the Quebec government. Collective bargaining agreements in the public and semi-public sector expire on March 31st.

The Interprofessional Health Federation claims to have proposed 28 trial dates in Quebec that only four would have retained.

The association, which represents 80,000 nurses, paramedics and other health professionals, claims it has been ready to negotiate since November 7, but the frequency of meetings leaves a lot to be desired.

Quebec is ready to negotiate and instead points the finger at the unions. He also insists that they take part in his discussion forums, while the unions reply that the problems and solutions are already known and that instead we must move on to concrete action.

In addition, Quebec also wants to facilitate the integration of nurses from private employment agencies into the public network – which will require negotiations with the FIQ, particularly for the recognition of seniority of private employees.