Three unions in the health and social services sector ratified on Thursday the agreement in principle on pay equity for medical device reprocessing workers (PRDM).
The agreement was reached between the Federation of Health and Social Services (FSSS-CSN), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (SCFP-FTQ), the Syndicat québécois service employees (SQEES-FTQ) and the Treasury Board.
It provides for the payment of retroactive amounts of up to $13,000, in addition to a rate of 5% interest applicable at the time when the amounts due were to be paid, whereas in 2022, the PRDMs will receive an increase in the hourly rate of $1.65 per hour at the maximum of the scale.
< p>“After months of mobilization and representations to the Treasury Board, this agreement marks an important victory to put an end to wage discrimination in the health and social services network”, declared Josée Marcotte, Vice-President of the FSSS-CSN, Maxime Ste-Marie, president of the SCFP-FTQ Provincial Social Affairs Council, and Sylvie Nelson, president of the SQEES- FTQ.
The three unions are not giving up and intend to continue mobilizing to reach a settlement of complaints to maintain pay equity for office and administrative staff.
“It's been more than 11 years that these workers have been waiting for recognition of the fair value of their work and their efforts to provide quality services to the population and changes in their work,” added the union representatives.
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