MONTREAL, June 15, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - A recent Forum Research poll
revealed that Montrealers, who have just finished paying this year's
$2.9 billion in municipal taxes, are dissatisfied with their municipal
services. And yet, municipal employees enjoy generous working
conditions that are well above average. In fact, they work five fewer
weeks a year than employees of large private corporations, and their
total remuneration is $11,000 higher, according to an Economic Note published today by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).
The public sector's retirement plans also stand out in terms of their
generosity. In the vast majority of cases, civil servants' retirement
plan premiums are paid for in equal parts by the employer and by
employees themselves. In Montreal, the employer covers on average 70%
of the cost, and municipal employees just 30%.
Furthermore, the collective agreements of Montreal municipal employees
stipulate that they cannot be dismissed following technical or
technological improvements or changes to work procedures. In addition
to this job security, the collective agreement of blue-collar workers
establishes an employment floor of 3,804 regular employees. This
requirement forces the City of Montreal to maintain a certain number of
jobs by replacing workers who retire, for example. For Louis Fortin,
certified industrial relations consultant and author of the Economic Note, these rigidities certainly make efficiency gains more difficult.
"Montreal taxpayers fund these exceptionally generous salaries and
benefits that are out of reach for most of them. We can therefore ask
ourselves if the notion of 'public service' shouldn't also include
greater respect for Montrealers' ability to pay," says Mr. Fortin.
The Economic Note entitled The Working Conditions of Montreal Municipal Employees was prepared by Louis Fortin, certified industrial relations consultant
and associate researcher at the MEI. It can be consulted free of charge
The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its
publications and conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public
policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating
reforms based on market mechanisms.
SOURCE MONTREAL ECONOMIC INSTITUTE
For further information:
Ariane Gauthier, communications coordinator, Montreal Economic Institute
Tel.: 514 273-0969 ext. 2231 / Cell: 514 603-8746 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org