Remuneration: the executives in health fear the government Legault

Rémunération: les cadres en santé craignent le gouvernement Legault

The executives of the network of health and social services fear that the government Legault cut in their remuneration.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. It is that the minister of Health, Danielle McCann, is preparing to submit a project of law concerning their conditions of work. She might be tempted to resume the main lines of the bill 160, introduced in November 2017 by the liberals to reduce by half the severance pay of executives in health.

In July 2017, while the liberals were in power, the superior Court invalidated a regulation of law 10, which would have reduced from 24 to 12 months severance pay of 1300 officers, whose positions had been abolished.

The minister of Health of the time, Gaétan Barrette, has responded with bill 160 to counteract the decision of the tribunal which was adverse to employer.

Last may, François Legault, leader of the second opposition, was encouraged to make early adoption of the draft law, without which a bill estimated at $ 200 million would be shifted to taxpayers.

He wanted these $ 200 million are being invested in health services for all Quebecers.

“When I look at the government that has been elected, it is also people who had lobbied on during the month of may 2018 for that bill 160 be endorsed”, has raised Chantal Marchand, president and ceo of the Association of managers of health facilities and services sociaux (AGESSS), in an interview with The canadian Press, on Monday.

“I am concerned. (…) For me, one is never immune to this kind of act there,” said the one that is on a genuine alert since Mrs McCann was placed on the order paper and notice, last Thursday of his intention to introduce a bill regarding the conditions of work of managers in health and social services.

The minister McCann is itself a former part of the health network. In particular, it has been at the head of the Agency of health and social services of Montreal.

Ms. Marchand regrets not having been consulted. “I learn “Oh, it will be deposited there. Ah ok, we’ll wait”. But what our regulations on conditions of work, and what the judgment in July 2017 has reminded us, it is that to change working conditions, it is first necessary to consult the associations,” she hammered.

Authoritarian drift

In addition to reducing the severance pay of the executives, bill 160 stipulated that its provisions “are applicable despite any decision of an administrative, quasi-judicial or judicial decision made after 23 march 2015”.

The AGESSS saw at the time as a “dangerous authoritarian drift” and “contempt” to the court.

“(The government) is the only employer in Quebec who can, when he gets an adverse judgement, the work around by writing a law because he is the lawgiver. It is that I find it an authoritarian drift”, reiterated Ms. Merchant, on Monday.

According to it, a law declaratory relief should be filed only in emergency situations, for example, a chemical spill that would require a zoning change.

Of the 1,300 executives, who had already paid a severance pay of 12 months, but who expect to receive a 24-month, have been “injured,” believes the president of the AGESSS. “There isn’t anyone in Quebec who would like to come and play in their conditions of work.”

The government has resumed the process of appeal last summer. But as long as there is no final judgment in this case, Quebec has the opportunity to submit a draft law to avoid paying the note.

Grand challenges

During this time, the challenges faced by the executives working in the network of health and social services continue to become more complex, argues Ms. Merchant.

Managers must manage “mandates fast” often in schools “in movement” which suffer from a shortage of labour “in all of the employment”, while maintaining services to the population, ” she says.

His association – which represents approximately 6,800 of the 9500 frameworks in health and social services – is expected that the QAF respects the working conditions of managers, working with them and reiterates their importance.

“Bill 160 has shaken the managers to the extent that they were not regarded, warns Ms. Merchant. It was as if it was defying the positive decision of the superior Court in our situation. It is as if we did not meet it, so in the end, the managers did not feel respected in their working conditions.”

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