The Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS) and the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec–FIQ have decided to join forces and will speak with a unified voice throughout the upcoming public sector negotiations.
Together, the APTS and FIQ represent over 131,000 workers in the health and social services network.
Adopted proposals on intersectoral matters APTS-FIQ
These proposals are more specifically aimed at how to apply the provincial provisions of the collective agreement, which will be subject to corrections, standardization and modernization. They touch on issues that don’t raise conflicts for our members’ rights or benefits.
The proposals were voted on at APTS and FIQ meetings and are part of the intersectoral negotiation project. They are not subject to member consultations in the institutions.
The Labour Code stipulates that collective agreements must be for a three-year period. The union submission and our demands comply with this requirement.
Yes. In order to support the intersectoral work, the two organizations must use the same pressure tactics at the same time. Each organization’s negotiation structure must approve the joint pressure tactics.
At the bargaining table, there will be representatives from both organizations, including one spokesperson from each organization.
Both of our organizations represent professionals and technicians who provide public care, the majority of whom are female. They have common interests and can therefore more easily identify joint demands. What’s more, the sheer number of members it brings together (131,000) represents over half of the employees in the health and social services network. This alliance is advantageous because it gives us stronger bargaining power with the government, as well as to improve salary and working conditions.
The sectoral matters deal with the working conditions that apply to a specific group of people. For example, professionals and technicians provide public care, unlike other employees in the healthcare sector.
The intersectoral matters refer to the working conditions that apply to all employees and have a significant monetary impact. This includes demands regarding salary, retirement, parental rights and regional disparities.