Representatives of the CSN and the FTQ met up with those attending Sonia Lebel’s conference to demand an end to the wage discrimination affecting several job categories in the health and social services system. They invited Minister Lebel to resolve complaints to maintain pay equity dating back to 2010 and 2015, affecting medical device reprocessing technicians and several job categories of office and administrative personnel.

“At a time when the government wants to revamp the health and social services system, it must do everything that is needed to improve the working conditions of employees. By refusing to recognize the ongoing wage discrimination affecting the medical device reprocessing technicians and job categories of office and administrative personnel, it is passing up a great opportunity to act in order to retain staff,” explained Josée Marcotte, vice-president of the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN), Maxime Ste-Marie, president of the Conseil provincial des affaires sociales of CUPE-FTQ and Sylvie Nelson, president of SQEES-FTQ.

The Conseil du trésor must provide a mandate to resolve complaints

In spite of numerous interventions by three union organizations, the president of the Conseil du trésor, Sonia Lebel, is still refusing to resolve complaints to restore pay equity.

“Minister Lebel must get down to work quickly. These workers have been waiting for recognition of their efforts and the changes to their work for more than 11 years. The time has come to send a signal to the government to get it to obey its own pay equity legislation,” said Josée Marcotte, vice-president of the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN), Maxime Ste-Marie, president of the Conseil provincial des affaires sociales of CUPE-FTQ and Sylvie Nelson, president of the SQEES-FTQ.