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FEBRUARY 26, 2015

Right to Strike Re-affirmed at ILO

A breakthrough has been made at the International Labour Organization following two years during which employers at the International Labour Organization brought the UN body’s global supervisory system to a standstill, in an attempt to eliminate decades of ILO jurisprudence supporting the right to strike.

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FEBRUARY 19, 2015

SCANDAL AT RÉSIDENCE SUNRISE
Proof That High Costs Don’t Always Equal Quality Services

Radio-Canada’s report on Résidence le Sunrise in Fontainebleau, Blainville, revealed an absolutely scandalous, although not all that surprising, situation. Once again, the government is only easing its conscience with a certification system for private seniors’ residences. In fact, residence owners don’t bother applying the standards, because they will never be visited by government inspectors,” said Jean-Pierre Ouellet, president of the Syndicat québécois des employées et employés de service (FTQ).

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FEBRUARY 12, 2015

The Delage Report Confirms What We Have Been Saying for Years

Jean-Pierre Ouellet, president of the Syndicat québécois des employées et employés de service, was disheartened to hear that Coroner Delage has reached the conclusion that the tragic fire at Résidence du Havre de L’Isle-Verte could have been avoided.

“We have been demanding stricter standards for private residences for years. It is true that there are now more stringent certification requirements, but the government is still putting off their implementation under pressure from residence owners who want to avoid investing that much money. Too often, they end up not investing at all in their buildings or their staff. If we want to prevent another tragedy, it’s time the government starts taking the problem more seriously,” said Ouellet.

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FEBRUARY 12, 2015

The SQEES-298 (FTQ) Says Goodbye to Brother Jean-Pierre Ouellet

Jean-Pierre Ouellet The Syndicat québécois des employées et employés de service, section locale 298 (FTQ), conveys its heartfelt thanks to its President, Brother Jean-Pierre Ouellet, for his many years of service, and congratulates him on his appointment as Vice-President of Membership Development at the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.

Ouellet notified the SQEES-298 (FTQ)’s executive committee of his resignation, effective March 13.

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JANUARY 30, 2015

PSI joins Global Day of Action for the Right to Strike on 18 February 2015

The conflict on the right to strike and the crisis of the ILO’s supervisory mechanism persists. PSI is calling on all affiliates to join in the Global Day of Action, in cooperation with the ITUC and other global unions to defend and promote the right to strike.

All too often, the right to strike is denied to public sector workers, due to broad definitions of essential services and limitations to collective bargaining or the right to organize, while some governments commit outright violations of human and fundamental workers’ rights. Unions around the world have made use of the supervisory mechanisms of the ILO to fight such violations, protect workers and build a stronger union movement. In March 2015, the ILO Governing Body has to take a decision on the resolution of this conflict that has had a chilling effect on the ILO supervisory mechanism since 2012. If no agreement can be reached, PSI supports the referral to the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion on the matter, as foreseen in the ILO Constitution.

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News from our membres

APRIL 1, 2015

Yet Another Reform
“Budget cuts are being given priority over people,” say workers at CRDITED de Laval

Workers at the former CRDITED de Laval, represented by the Syndicat québécois des employées et employés de service (FTQ), are appalled at the cuts imposed on clients and staff at the establishment. Today they are protesting to remind the new management team that it is more important to provide the public with services than to cut budgets.

“The reform and the austerity measures are clouding the real objective of providing rehabilitation services for clients with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder. These are vulnerable people who need public services.”

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APRIL 1, 2015

Yet Another Reform
“Is the health care system there for the public or itself?” wonder workers at Douglas Mental Health University Institute

To mark day 1 of the implementation of Bill 10 aimed at merging health and social services establishments, workers at the former Douglas Mental Health University Institute represented by the Syndicat québécois des employées et employés de service (FTQ) walked out to welcome the new management team.

“It’s now official: as of today, our establishment’s first priority will no longer be to provide care and services for our patients, but to reform and restructure all of our services in the name of austerity.

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APRIL 1, 2015

Yet Another Reform
“Our first priority should be people, not structures,” say workers at the former CSSS de Trois-Rivières

To mark day 1 of the implementation of Bill 10 aimed at merging health and social services establishments in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, workers at the former CSSS de Trois-Rivières represented by the Syndicat québécois des employées et employés de service (FTQ) came out to welcome the new management team.

“We chose a career in the health and social services system because we wanted to help care for people. Today’s reform will oblige everyone to invest substantial amounts of time and energy to the reform and the cutbacks, rather than serving the public and our patients. It wasn’t our decision. The reform and its cutbacks were forced upon us. We are barely done implementing the 2005 reform, and now we have to start all over,” protested Rosaire Hamelin, president of the union of paratechnical personnel and auxiliary services and trades personnel.

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MARCH 18, 2015

Port-Cartier Mobilizes

Port-Cartier Mobilizes

Special collaboration by André Fleury, president of the regions division, SQEES-298 (FTQ) Executive Committee On Sunday, March 15, the population of Port-Cartier took to the streets to make a clear statement that the retention premium is more important than ever for government employees working in Port-Cartier and Sept-Îles. Nearly 400 people rallied in front of the Port-Cartier tourism booth on Route 138.

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FEBRUARY 12, 2015

Long-Awaited Signing of a Collective Agreement in Matane

The Syndicat québécois des employées et employés de service (FTQ) is particularly proud to announce that workers at Services à domicile de la région de Matane signed a new collective agreement on February 5, 2015.

After a 40-day strike, the union and the non-profit organization providing home care in the Matane MRC reached an agreement in principle last November.

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