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Health workers union claims victory after Quebec bad faith court rule

"The government, an experienced negotiator, could not ignore the outcome," the judge said in his ruling.

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Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube speaks during a news conference in Montreal, Thursday, July 7, 2022, where he gave an update on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the province.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Duvet speaks at a press conference in Montreal on Thursday, July 7, 2022, underway in the province provided updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Graham Hughes /The Canadian Press

dené gociation du sentéur de la santé et des services sociaux (CPNSSS), the Finance Committee and the Minister of Health violated Articles 12 and 53 of the Labor Code by obstructing union activities and failing to negotiate in good faith.

In light of these findings, the Labor Court has ordered Health Minister Christian Dube to stop obstructing union activities and negotiating in bad faith.

Five unions — FSSS-CSN, FSQ-CSQ,FIQ, SQEES-FTQ and CUPE — will file a complaint with the Labor Court in November 2021, denouncing the use. did. Ministerial decrees and health emergency conditions for providing bonuses to health network employees in defiance of the provisions of collective bargaining agreements.

Quebec had previously announced his $1 billion plan to recruit workers such as nurses. The plan included bonuses for full-time nurses ranging from her $12,000 to her $18,000.

However, the union said it had not been consulted before these measures were announced. I regretted the fact that the decision was made despite the

Bedar concurred: "This government announcement, confirmed by a ministerial decree adopted under the guise of a health emergency, is a major obstacle to union activity," she wrote in her ruling. rice field. "Even if it were possible to prove that there was no intent to harm, and this is not the case, one must conclude that the government, an experienced negotiator, could not have ignored the consequences."

Quebec's strategy was "disrespectful to care professionals," union leaders argued in a joint statement Wednesday. “This anti-union attitude is not only illegal, it has proven to be completely ineffective and has failed to solve the labor shortage. Care professionals in the public system remain under pressure.

“While this requires significant investment to attract and retain the workforce, it also requires unions to truly meet the needs of frontline workers and patients.

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