Public sector negotiations: Quebec increases its offer to 12.7%, General Front maintains its strike

Public sector negotiations: Quebec increases its offer to 12.7%, General Front maintains its strike

Quebec is increasing the salary concession for public sector employees from 10.3% to 12.7%. The General Front, however, said the offer was not enough and continued with the planned strike from December 8 to 14.

The Legault government unveiled its new plan Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The government announces a 12.7% increase in salary parameters for all civil servants for 2023-2028. Total supply increases to 16.7%.

We are determined to find a solution soon and invite the unions to move forward with us. Now, work must continue on the desks,” Treasury Board Chair Sonia Lebel said in a written statement.

Offer declined

However, it was not long before a response came from the general front.

“This concession will always have the effect of impoverishing public sector employees. Without a clause guaranteeing the protection of purchasing power and saturation, an agreement cannot be reached,” we can read a message on social networks.

A press conference with leaders of the General Front is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. in Quebec.

Legault’s government and representatives of the General Front still disagree on salary increases needed to cover inflation.

According to the Legault government, there is a 12.7% increase with inflation projections for 2023 and the next four years.

The Common Front, which takes into account projections from 2022 rather than 2023, estimates the salary increase needed to cover inflation is 18.1% over five years.

More details to follow.

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