March 21, 2023

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Aura in Montreal and Quebec: Paramedics block SAQ warehouses

Aura in Montreal and Quebec: Paramedics block SAQ warehouses

Paramedics staged a coup on Friday morning, blocking the Society des Alcoles du Quebec (SAQ) distribution centers in Montreal and Quebec.

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The demonstration aims to denounce the lack of a government offer that would allow workers in the pre-hospital sector to respond, without collective agreements for almost two years.

Marc Vallières / QMI Agency

Unions affiliated with CSN are demanding pay adjustments to ensure the same competitive treatment for paramedics as is available in other public security services or in hospital emergencies.

Negotiations were hampered by outdated work schedules that forced paramedics to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to emergencies.

“Now that agreements have been reached in the entire public sector, it is unthinkable that the government will not exert more energy to settle with us who are still negotiating with the state,” said Claude Lamarche, interim president of the Pre-Hospital Union-CSN. .

“Our demands are aimed at improving services to population and ambulance coverage in all parts of Quebec,” Mr Lamarche explained.

Specifies SAQ

SAQ’s warehouses were therefore blocked by demonstrators, prompting Crown Corporation to respond by letting its customers know that the exhibitors were not their employees.

Marc Vallières / QMI Agency

“These demonstrations will unfortunately disrupt our operations, but we believe the consequences on our operations will be minimal,” SAQ said in a press release.

“We are in consultation with the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of our employees and our assets,” she added.

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