Revenue Quebec employees to stage parallel protests across province

Revenue Quebec employees to stage parallel protests across province
Three years after collective agreement expired, Revenue Quebec union plans protests
“An agreement wont be possible with the numbers that are on the table right now,” the union president says.

Professionals employed by Revenue Quebec will hold demonstrations across the province Wednesday to protest against the slowness of contract negotiations with the provincial government.

The protestors include data analysts, financial management agents and tax auditors who are members of the Syndicat des professionnels du gouvernement du Québec.

The workers have been without a contract since March 31, 2015, and negotiations have been going on since before the collective agreement expired.

Union president Richard Perron described the negotiations as proceeding at a snail’s pace, saying “the talks are still at the non-monetary stage. But so long as salaries aren’t settled there will be no agreement. And an agreement won’t be possible with the numbers that are on the table right now.”

The 30-minute protests are scheduled to take place beginning at 12:15 p.m. in front of Revenue Quebec offices in Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, Brossard, Quebec, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Rimouski, Saguenay and Rouyn-Noranda.

However the union says another, two-day strike will be held beginning Friday night if no progress is made in contract talks.

The weekend has been chosen because that’s when the agency’s computers are maintained and when spot checks of restaurants and bars are carried out.

Members of the Revenue Quebec union will demonstrate in several cities throughout the province on Wednesday afternoon as a protest against the slow pace of negotiations to renew their collective agreement.

The union represents computer process analysts, financial management officers, tax auditors and others.

The collective agreement, which covers 4,600 professionals employed by Revenue Quebec, expired on March 31, 2015.

Union president Richard Perron described negotiations as brisk, but as long as the money isnt settled, there will be no agreement. An agreement will never be possible with the numbers on the table right now.

The protests will take place from 12:15 to 12:45 in front of Revenue Quebec offices in Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, Brossard, Quebec City, Gatineau, Trois-Rivieres, Sherbrooke, Rimouski, Saguenay and Rouyn-Noranda.