State Engineers Will Be Back On Strike

State Engineers Will Be Back On Strike in Quebec, Canada

Faced with the “blocking of government”, state engineers agreed to strike on September 18, this time by refusing to work outside office hours.

The strike will take place every working day from 12:01 am to 7:29 am and from 4:30 pm to 12:00 am, as well as every Saturday and Sunday.

“This strike will prevent the realization of many activities, slow down the realization of many infrastructure projects and the production of notices to the governmental political authorities,” wrote the Professional Association of Engineers of the Government of Quebec (APIGQ) Wednesday, by press release.

The APIGQ says it is worried that the lack of competitiveness in the salaries of state engineers results in an impossibility of attracting a qualified workforce within the public apparatus.

“The government must be able to attract talented engineers to the public service in order to revamp the expertise in the ministries and also to find the best solutions,” added Andy Guyaz, secretary-treasurer of the professional association.

“We must believe that the [President of the Treasury Board, Pierre Moreau], has not yet realized how critical the situation is,” he added.

The union had already made an unlimited general strike, from 24 May to 13 June. After receiving the government’s offer, the members rejected it at 90%.

No patience:

Asked about his intentions, Minister Moreau did not hide that a special law could be passed to force the engineers to return to work.

“It is clear that the government will not accept a disruption of construction sites that would [undermine] the ability of the government to carry out very important work that is underway,” he said, of ministers on Wednesday.

If this is the case, Mr. Moreau said that he will have “no patience” and that he will “react very quickly”.

APIGQ is an independent union representing all 1400 engineers working in the Government of Quebec.

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