KUUJJUAQ, QC, April 10, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - After two and a half years of negotiations for the renewal of their collective agreement, members of the Kativik Regional Government Employees Union (KRGEU) met last night in a general assembly and agreed to hold a vote of pressure tactics up to and including strike. Given the extent of the union's territory, which is equivalent to a third of the province of Quebec, the vote was held today by referendum in the 14 communities where employees of the regional government are located.
The motion to give the union executive committee a mandate for pressure tactics up to and including a bank of 72 strike hours (3 days) has been adopted at a rate of 90%. As mentioned in the written statement proposed to the members, the strike hours are to be used as needed to support the contract negotiations.
"After 35 bargaining sessions in 27 months, the Employer is still putting unacceptable offers on the table. The proposed salary increases do not even cover the increase in the cost of living, which is particularly high in Nunavik. That is why we need this mandate to put pressure on the Employer and tell him we are ready to fight for better working conditions", said Victor Mesher, President of KRGEU.
About the union
The Kativik Regional Government Employees Union (KRGEU) represents more than 250 members, in 14 communities of the Nunavik region, from Kuujjuaq to Salluit. Members occupy a variety of jobs, from maintenance to support staff and professionals. The union is affiliated to the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP-CSN).
For further information: Katerine Desgroseilliers, Communication Advisor - CSN, [email protected], 514 265-4250