UMQ in support of Bill 110
The Union des municipalites du Quebec (UMQ) presented its main recommendations on Bill 110, which is about municipal work relations, at a Parliamentary commission on August 16th. In the opinion of the UMQ, it is an important reform which finally recognizes that municipalities are governments and that the negotiations with their employees should allow them to manage their public services according to the ability of the taxpayers to pay. For the Union, this bill marks a decisive turning point to the benefit of citzens.
“For the first time, a bill on work relations emphasizes the specific characteristics of municipalities. This directing principle is at the base of a new framework proposed by the Bill which echoes the recommendations of the Livre blanc municipal. With the adoption of Bill 110, the municipal world will have a distinct negotiation system that recognizes that municipalities are democratic institutions accountable to their taxpayers,” commented UMQ president and mayor of Sherbrooke, Bernard Sevigny.
In a recent CROP poll, 71 % of citizens believed that the Quebec government should give more means to municipalities to negotiate collective agreements with municipal employees. Moreover, 74 % believe that municipal employees have superior working conditions to similar employees in the private sector and 75 % believe municipalities should be able to ask for supplementary means to negotiate working conditions with their employees in order to limit increases in municipal taxes.