The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec-FIQ is proud to announce that at a virtual special provincial council the FIQ and FIQ | Secteur privé delegates approved the proposed global agreement reached with the Quebec government. It lays the groundwork for broader recognition of care professions, thanks to a major improvement in the overall compensation for all nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists. Ultimately, the proposed agreement will provide greater stability, it will bring us one step closer to better salary recognition, and it will serve as direct leverage over the serious healthcare professional shortage in the health network.
“Our tentative agreement contains unprecedented gains both in terms of working conditions and remuneration. The gains in the overall remuneration include the 6% salary increase, as well as a FIQ premium of 3.5%, and greater recognition of the hours worked to attain the goal of between 11.5% and 12.5%. All healthcare professionals will obtain a minimum of between 11.5% and 12.5% in salary gains. In addition to these gains, there are financial enhancements included in the sectoral component. Our demands were ambitious given the current context, but essential for the recognition of our members’ expertise.
This is huge for our members, of which the majority are women, because for years now they have been demanding better recognition for their professions. Without their mobilization, we would never have been able to make these major improvements in their working conditions. Now, we have the structural measures to begin rebuilding teams, to take action to attract young people to the profession, and to ensure the continuity of essential care and services to the population. We finally have new measures for regional disparities, despite the employer party’s longstanding resistance in addressing the issues in the field. ”Nancy Bédard, présidente de la Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec–FIQ
The content of the global tentative agreement approved by the FIQ and FIQP delegates will be presented to the members at local general assemblies in the coming weeks.
The 76,000 members will then be able to have their say on the tentative agreement in an electronic voting referendum on August 4 and 5, 2021.