Québec City, March 16, 2018 - Today, the members of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, will sign their new collective agreement with the Port de Québec.
"Thanks to the mobilization and solidarity of our members, we have obtained a satisfactory agreement that includes new rights for our members, such as paid leave for victims of domestic violence and preventive withdrawal," declared Magali Picard, Regional Executive Vice-President of PSAC-Quebec. "This agreemement will have a positive impact on the quality of life of our members. We are very proud."
Back in Janyary, negotiations went through a significant phase of member mobilization. After intensive negotiation sessions in February, the parties were able to agree on a new collective agreement containing several new elements.
members will now offered a bilingualism preminum, paid leave for victimes of domestic violence, and paie leave to care for dependents. Casual workers will enjoy all the rights set out in the agreement, along with specific sick leave benefits.
Preventive withdrawal for pregnant or breastfeeding workers will be paie entirely by the employer. The Port de Québec falls under federal jurisdiction and, failing the inclusion of specific provisions in the collective agreement, preventive withdrawals are generally not remunerated.
All workers will receive a 6,5% salary increase for the duration of the agreement, which also includes provisions for bonuses and prenimum pay. The new collective agreemement will remain in force until November 2022.
About UCTE and PSAC
UCTE is a component of PSAC representing transportation employees, primarily at airports and canals. It represents about 20 employees at the Port de Québec who work in finance, civil engineering and the Harbour Master's office.
PSAC represents more than 180,000 members accross Canada. PSAC-Quebec is affiliated with the FTQ and has more than 40,000 members in the federal public, Quebec university, research and private sectors.