Health: administrative staff demand respect
Negotiating for the renewal of collective agreements, which expired on March 31, union members from the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS demonstrated Thursday noon in front of establishments in the public network to demand full recognition of their work.
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Claude Plante La Tribune Negotiating for the renewal of collective agreements, which expired on March 31, union members from the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS demonstrated on Thursday noon in front of establishments in the public network to demand full recognition of their work.
Administrative agents, medical secretaries, legal secretaries, administrative technicians, contribution technicians as well as health reception workers demand recognition and respect.
The progress of the negotiations arouses anger and disappointment among these members of the FSSS-CSN.
After more than twenty sectorial negotiation meetings, the negotiation committee deplores the lack of concrete progress, especially for administrative staff. Among the priorities for these tens of thousands of workers, let us note the need to agree in a respectful way to grant positions and to increase the remuneration of certain job titles in order to better recognize their skills and expertise.
“For years we have been denouncing certain practices of establishments which, in order to save a few sums, play with the nomenclature of jobs in order to benefit from all the expertise of the staff without paying them at their fair value”, explains the representative of this category. of staff within the FSSS-CSN, Simon Rochefort.
“As for medical and legal secretaries, their specialization must be valued and recognized”.
With the budget cuts of recent years and the reforms, these workers today find themselves with an ever-increasing work overload, assures the union. In addition, the small salary increases granted over the years have further and further lagged behind comparators outside the public sector, especially for more specialized staff. Thus, establishments today find themselves with significant difficulties in attracting and retaining staff.
“And this, without counting the increase in the pace and the intensification of work with the aim of reducing waiting lists while we have increased clinical resources and considerably reduced the clinical support provided by administrative staff. », Says Vicky Ouellet, president of the Administrative Staff Union of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie – CHUS CSN.
“Their role in our establishments is absolutely essential, without these people, appointments would not be given to users and consequently waiting lists would increase,” concludes Ms. Ouellet.
The Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN) has more than 120,000 members in the public and private sectors, including around 4,000 in the regions, in all categories of personnel.