Strike would paralyze Quebec economy
Yves Ouellet, spokesman for the construction union alliance, responds to reporters questions over negotiations with employers, Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the legislature in Quebec City. The aim of the negotiations is to renew the construction workers’ collective agreement for the 2013 17 period in the industry’s four major sectors: industrial, institutional and commercial, civil engineering, and highway maintenance and residential.
While the negotiations haven’t attracted much media attention, there are major issues at stake, and the outcome of the talks will have a huge impact on every Quebecer.
According to reports, the negotiations appear to have reached an impasse: A stalemate that has the Construction Union Alliance, which represents the main construction unions, threatening to carry out, starting next Monday, the general strike mandate it received from its membership. This would shut down all of the construction sites currently in operation in the province of Qubec.
In this context, the Quebec Employers Council strongly urges the parties involved to immediately return to the bargaining table for a final sprint in negotiations to quickly reach an agreement that would also take into account the contract providers’ ability t timberland boots for women o pay.
A summer work stoppage would paralyze construction sites in every part of the province for many days, which would have a major detrimental impact on the Quebec economy and on Quebecers as a whole.
This is why there’s a pressing need for negotiators to reach an agreement based on a realistic and acceptable consensus, which would serve to protect the workers’ purchasing power while raising productivity in the work organization without resulting in untenable cost hikes for contract providers or consumers, timberland boots for women who ultimately pay the bill.
In this regard, the contract providers and the Quebec Employers Council reiterate their staunch support of the three main construction sector employer associations. The associations are the Association de la construction du Qubec (ACQ), Association des constructeurs de routes et grands travaux du Qubec (ACRGTQ) and Association provinciale des constructeurs d’habitations du Qubec (APCHQ). Contract providers are, in fact, extremely pleased that the construction entrepreneurs listened to and defended their concerns following the preparatory phase of negotiations.
Let’s be clear: It’s understandable and, in fact, desirable that construction workers want to maintain their purchasing power. But the union demands have to be realistic and take Quebec’s current economic situation into account.
According to many observers, Quebec’s economic growth will continue to be limited in 2013, mainly because of a decline in capital expenditures. This will be the main impediment to the province’s economic growth this year. There is also expected to be a slowdown in construction in the coming years. Cost hikes stemming from imprudent labour agreements would exacerbate this decline and would ultimately reduce the number of work hours in the construction sector. And work hours are the main catalyst in construction workers being able to improve their respective incomes.
Some estimates contend that union demands would result in an average salary hike of 20 timberland boots for women per cent over four years, which would entail a total construction industry spending increase of $1.4 billion in Quebec over this span.
timberland boots for women Protecting one’s purchasing power is a legitimate objective, but going beyond that carries real economic risks. This is why it’s so important that overall costs are maintained at a level that is competitive for contract providers and doesn’t adversely affect competitiveness in the construction industry, overall investment and Quebec’s public finance situation.