Fewer holidays for nurses in Laval

News 16 March, 2018
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    Isabelle Dumaine, president of the Union of nurses, respiratory therapists and nursing assistants of Laval (SIIIAL-CSQ).

    Hugo Duchaine

    Friday, 16 march, 2018 01:00

    Friday, 16 march, 2018 01:00

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    To reduce overtime hours, about two times less of nursing of Laval as before will be on leave during the school holidays this summer, depriving them of time with their children.

    “Undress Peter to dress Jean […] If [the CISSS de Laval] had not deleted all the posts or if he had managed to keep the staff, we would not be in this situation “, laments the president of the Union of nurses, respiratory therapists and nursing assistants of Laval (SIIIAL-CSQ), Isabelle Dumaine.

    Now, only one of them on the majority of the teams work can go on vacation during the summer period, rather than two as in the past. Yesterday evening, the nurses have protested this new rule during a meeting of the board of directors. This new ras-le-bol then occurs as unions and the government are looking at ways to improve the working conditions of nurses and fill vacancies.

    First time

    Ms. Duhaime said that this summer, this schedule management is so widespread that it affects about 2,400 of the 2,500 members it represents.

    “One has the impression that the employer will understand that you need a quality of life, but it always add a layer of more,” she says.

    Nurse from the CLSC for home care for the past 13 years, Anne-Marie Brousseau will have to settle for the first time for a week with her two children during the school holidays.

    She is fifth in his team of seven nurses and she jumped on the only week still available in July and August to spend a bit of time with the family.

    “I’m discouraged, breath-t-it. You give body and soul all year round, it does not count the hours to be able to have a piece of candy during the summer, ” she said.

    Ensure the service

    The union president points out that teams of up to 11 nurses will have to take their holidays one at a time for the period of may 15 to October 15. If this minimum quota was already common in the hospital, “CLSC y taste” this year.

    For his part, the spokesperson for the CISSS de Laval, Pierre-Yves Séguin, said that the decisions are taken ” by team, by shift working and type of employment.”