Unpaid premiums in health: good luck next summer, say trade unions

Primes impayées dans la santé: bonne chance l’été prochain, disent des syndicats

The orderlies, nurses and auxiliary nurses are waiting since last summer for a premium that would be paid if they agreed to work overtime, because of the shortage of labour is still more marked during the summer.

14 January, 2020 17: 00

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Unpaid premiums in health: good luck next summer, say trade unions

Lia Lévesque

The Canadian Press

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Unions that represent orderlies and nurses wonder how the employers are going to be able to find staff to work overtime, the next summer, so that some of their members waiting for months to a premium promised last summer.

The daily Press revealed in its Tuesday edition, that the orderlies, nurses and auxiliary nurses are waiting since last summer for a premium that would be paid if they agreed to work overtime, because of the shortage of labour is still more marked during the summer.

These workers in the health were to receive an additional $ 75 for each quarter of additional work completed in a certain period of time. However, some are still waiting in January.

When questioned on this subject on Tuesday, the president of the CSQ, Sonia Ethier, who also represents nurses, noted that as of this announcement, the unions had the insurgents on the meaning of these premiums. “The message that sends is “don’t take that vacation, don’t rest, continue, work without judgment, and then, as a reward, we will give you a bonus, but it will not improve the conditions of” work”, she illustrated.

The basic problem, which is one of the conditions for the exercise of jobs, is therefore not resolved, regrets, Ms. Éthier.

“I look forward to see how much it is going to be one of the attendants and nurses who will volunteer next summer, if ever the premiums returned. There will be a lot less, because it is less attractive; they do not even have to make them pay”, exclaimed from his side, the president of the FTQ; and Daniel Boyer, who represents thousands of orderlies.

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