Héma-Québec nurses take to the streets
Héma-Québec’nurses gathered this Sunday at Place Versailles in Montreal, to denounce “a lack of respect of their employer” in the context of negotiations for the renewal of their collective agreement. They are demanding pay parity with their counterparts in the public network.
According to the Union of Nurses and Nursing Assistants of Héma-Québec (CSN) and the Union of Nursing Staff of Héma-Québec (SPI-CSQ), these health workers would be without an employment contract. for almost four years.
They would not have received a salary increase since 2018, while “the CEO of Héma-Québec was entitled to a salary increase of no less than 30% between 2019 and 2020”, according to the CSN and the SPI-CSQ. The situation is described as “shocking” by the unions.
For his part, the public relations director of Héma-Québec Laurent Paul Ménard, denies this information. “If we associate the chief executive with the president and chief executive officer, the information is false, her salary adjustment was 5%,” he detailed to our colleagues at TVA Nouvelles.
Negotiations which do not succeed
The nurses deplore the slowness in the negotiations with Héma-Québec . The negotiations would struggle to succeed and would often be postponed.
“There have been several meetings, but nothing is happening. Whenever people go to the negotiating table, nothing advances. Or it’s always postponed. There are almost no discussions,” a nurse wishing to remain anonymous told Métro.
In an interview with the Canadian Press at the beginning of December, Nancy Landry, president of the nursing staff union (SPI-CSQ) indicated that the union had already organized four days of strikes, on a mandate that provides for ten in total.
Another demonstration took place in Quebec City today.