Moreau throws a warning to the engineers of the State
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Thursday, 13 July, 2017 12:05
Thursday, 13 July, 2017 12:10
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The government Couillard does not intend to tolerate a means of pressure on the part of the engineers of the State, has roared Pierre Moreau.
“If the union believes that the best response to the current situation is to trigger a strike, or make any means of pressure, the government will take its responsibilities. Then the way we respond is tailored to the measure that goes against the benefits of service”, launched the President of the treasury Board, on Thursday, on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the conclusion of an agreement in principle with the approximately 400 wildlife officers.
He added that a special law, “it is not very long to write”.
On 7 July, the government engineers have rejected massively the latest offers and government have renewed the mandate of the general strike. The president of the Association of professional engineers of the government of Quebec (APIGQ), Marc-André Martin, has stated that 1300 of its 1400 members voted 90% for a rejection of tenders, and a return to a means of pressure.
The counter-offer of the engineers is, however, deemed unacceptable by Mr. Moreau.
“When it is said that 20 % increase is unacceptable. And we are back with a counter-offer of 19%. Me, I think it is a lack of seriousness, that this is not acceptable and, if truly we want to reach a negotiated settlement, it will have to roll up our sleeves on the side of the union party”, he launched. He believes that the ball is still in their camp, and that its final offer still stands.
Moreover, the signature of an agreement in principle with the staff of the wildlife comes close to the negotiations with the peace officers, which include police officers of the Sûreté du Québec, the special constables and the guards of the body. The union said it is satisfied with the proposal, but will still request an increase of its staff, which are not sufficient currently to meet the needs according to the latter.