The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec–FIQ et la FIQ | Secteur privé (FIQP) react to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé’s inaction in the face of delays in the payment of premiums and lump sums stipulated in the new collective agreement. In fact, the ministry blames the delays on the workload for all the institutions and payroll departments.
The Federations remind everyone that the dates were known in advance, for several months now. The ministry and minister have had ample time to adjust or plan alternative solutions. The delays are unjustified in this context.
“Faced with the Minister of Health’s inaction in deploying all means to resolve the delays in payment caused by his payroll service and faced with his indifference in offering any form of compensation to our members, we are obliged to demand the government pay interest at the legal rate for every day of delay. We also demand a formal apology from him. His inaction in this worrisome file is a flagrant lack of respect for all nurses, licensed practical nurses, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists, but also for all the workers affected. Every day our members respect their part of the work contract by providing essential care and services to the population. We cannot allow them to be penalized with impunity. The least the government can do is to respect its commitments.”
Nathalie Lévesque, Interim President, Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec–FIQ
Sonia Mancier, President, FIQ | Secteur privé (FIQP) The FIQ and FIQP had earlier this week denounced the delays in payment, by inviting Minister Dubé not to remain idle.