The government is raising additional wages for state employees earning less than $52,000, hoping to more quickly close deals with the public sector.
The fund’s board president, Sonia LeBel, made the announcement Monday morning in a press release.
This new offer is a response to the concern of the unions, which have been struck since December that the government “does not protect the acquisition power” of its members in the context of growth.
Quebec, however, has not defined the content of this salary increase, which, in addition to the initial provision, increases the remuneration of 600,000 state employees by 9% over five years.
The new leadership proposal also contains measures to counter high staff turnover in the public service.
So, in addition to employees earning less than $52,000 per year, technicians and early career professionals would also see their salaries increase.
This salary increase will ultimately affect psychologists, whom the government hopes to attract to public networks.
In addition, the new offer from Quebec provides a program of “5-year voluntary retention” that will increase the retirement pension and reduce the contributions of “experienced” workers who will continue to work full-time.
Sonia LeBel also announced that the salary bonuses for the nursing staff, who were due to end next Thursday, will be extended until June.
“It is urgent to act, because the summer is a critical period in the health network and we want to be ready for the start of the school year 2013. These better conditions are obviously a sign of the connections that we can and want to settle. The minister said as soon as possible to act.