Plains of Abraham strike ends with major win for workers

PSAC members working for the National Battlefields Commission (NBC) have reached a tentative agreement with their employer. The agreement brought an end to a strike that had been in place since June 25. Members were able to return to work Thursday, July 18.

"The determination shown by this small group of 59 members is exemplary. They have succeeded in establishing a strong balance of power thanks to their ingenious methods in applying pressure. This shows that solidarity still gives great results when it comes to defending a just cause," said Yvon Barrière, PSAC Regional Vice-President for Quebec.

The group fought to improve some of the worst working conditions in the federal government. They have obtained an average salary increase of 22%, bringing them one step to closer to closing the wage gap between them and those in their industry.

Among the list of 30 gains obtained by NBC employees, some highlights include the partial repatriation of snow removal contracts, the control of subcontracting and employment agencies, and the creation of new permanent full-time positions. Also, the new five-year contract ends the disparity in treatment between students and other employees.

NBC employees had been without a contract since October 31, 2017. These workers are responsible for reception, interpretation and guide services, as well as the general maintenance of the Plains of Abraham and its museum.

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July 25, 2019