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sector negotiations: $11 billion more for civil servant pay –

The salary increases negotiated between the Common Front and the Legault government represent an additional burden of $11 billion per year for the state of Quebec.

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The trade union federation confirmed last Wednesday that the agreement in principle reached with the government at the end of December provides for salary increases of 17.4% over five years.

According to our information, such an increase will cost the government $11 billion per year, although the government indicated during negotiations that a 1% increase would mean annual expenditure of about $600 million.

That's $2 billion more than the government's previous offer, which valued Quebec at $9 billion a year.

So if the agreement in principle is ratified by members of the Common Front in the coming weeks, the share of government spending dedicated to remunerating their employees will rise to over $70 billion per year, or 60.8% of total government spending , which will then amount to $115 billion annually.

At a press conference on Sunday, Common Front leaders announced that details of the package will be presented to members at a general meeting between January 15 and February 19. For the agreement to become a collective bargaining agreement, it must receive the support of more than 50% of the 420,000 workers represented by the union group in the education and health networks.

In addition to the salary increase, the agreement generally provides for a purchasing power protection clause for the last three years of the employment contract as well as improvements to the pension provision and the parental rights plan.