In solidarity, and now unionized

Solidaires et maintenant syndiqués

Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The decision of the STATE recognized 10 accreditation different, each employee is attached to the member to which it works directly or one of the two co-spokesman (the boss).

The unionization of the staff policy of Québec solidaire in the Parliament is a first in Quebec, but is likely to remain an isolated case, if one relies on the reaction of the other parties to the announcement Monday.

The administrative Tribunal of work (TAT) is to allow the unionization of the 45 employees of Québec solidaire, who support the members of Parliament, as well as in the offices of districts.

The Confederation of national trade unions (CSN), which represents, it is noted that this is a first in Quebec for the political staff.

“The employees of the NDP in Ottawa are unionized with another organization, but this is not the same Code [of work] that apply,” notes the vice-president of the Union Jean Lacharité.

“It means that even the attached policies of other political parties may be interested in unionization. “

The decision of the TAT is unusual in that it recognized 10 accreditation different, each employee is attached to the member to which it works directly or one of the two co-spokesman (the boss). This means that, in theory, the employees of a single member of another party could unionize if a majority of them wished to do so.

Scepticism in the other parties

Joined on the phone Monday afternoon to find out if this could be of interest to some of you, the spokesman of the CAQ and the PLQ were skeptical.

At the CAQ, the spokesperson did not comment, while the QLP, it was recalled that the interim leader, Pierre Arcand, had already argued that the nature of the work and the working hours of the personnel policy made unionization difficult to apply.

Mr. Lacharité from the CSN, concedes that it is ” rather atypical “. “Obviously, these are people who are subject to the vagaries of the political in the sense that, at each election, if the deputies lose their county, these people lose their jobs, but at the moment they are in employment, we, what are we going to attempt to do this is to negotiate better working conditions for them in the best environment possible. “

Finally, the Parti québécois, there seemed to be less surprised by the process. In Montreal, employees constantly are union members, ” for many years “, noted one critic, who, however, specifies that the party had received “no request for accreditation” of the employees of the parliamentary wing.

A previous version of this article stated that employees at the permanence of Québec solidaire in Montreal were part of the 45 employees were allowed to unionize. However, it is the employees who support the members of Parliament, as well as in the offices of districts. Our excuses.

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