UMQ in sup­port of Bill 110

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD JOURNAL - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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