Flying team: union agreements in the process of being signed

Flying team: union agreements in the process of being signed
Flying team: union agreements in the process of being signed

Health Minister Christian Dubé’s north shore tour took him to Sept-Îles on Tuesday, after stops in Baie-Comeau and Forestville to meet with healthcare workers, who have been severely tested by the lack of manpower. After criticizing the unions for the slow pace of negotiations, he now acknowledges that they are progressing well.

This is a change of tone, whereas the day before, at a press briefing in Baie-Comeau, he accused union representatives of being partly responsible for the slowness of the process. He criticized them for their lack of flexibility.

According to him, the negotiations to regulate the working conditions of the flying teams are one of the main reasons why these volunteer workers are taking so long to arrive on the North Shore, while the first teams were supposed to be ready to work there on June 20.

About to agree

The president of the union of the CSN Caroline Senneville, who represents the nurses, claims that the end of negotiations could be a matter of days. Moreover, according to her, a meeting is planned for Wednesday with the Treasury Board and the Ministry of Health. We’ll have a sleepless night if we have toshe says.

She assures that the file is a priority and that she is working hard to reach an agreement. as soon as possiblebut the negotiations are nevertheless complex. A false start must be avoided.

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Caroline Senneville (Photo d’archives)

Photo : Radio-Canada / Vincent Rességuier

She says the parties first met in mid-June.

A quick but imperfect agreement

Caroline Senneville assures that she encouraged her members to apply for the flying team. Even if the agreement is not all tied up, that doesn’t stop them from going. We tell them to go if they want.

Our members are calling us: they can’t wait.

A quote from Caroline Senneville

To reach an agreement as quickly as possible, the union representative hopes to first establish a framework that can be amended in a few months, when it will be time to resolve details or unforeseen situations.

However, the agreement must be clear and meet the needs of the regions, otherwise health personnel will not want to join it, according to her.

The CSN is a key player with which Quebec must reach an agreement, because all the nurses on the flying team will be affiliated with it.

Two other causes of the slowdown

The other reasons why only one nurse has arrived as reinforcement so far are, according to Minister Christian Dubé, the slowness of his ministry in analyzing the applications received as well as the difficulty in finding sufficiently qualified personnel.

On Tuesday, he softened his tone toward his own team. He now acknowledges that the task of hiring nurses and orderlies is heavy, especially in the summer. He finally acknowledged that this slowness was perhaps necessary to ensure the quality of care.

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Staff at the CISSS de la Côte-Nord must be versatile, according to Minister Dubé. (Archive photo)

Photo : Radio-Canada / Paul Fontaine

The staff we need must be much more versatile. […] In our large centers, nurses are specialized in childbirth or pediatrics. Nurses [sur la Côte-Nord] must be more experienced and move from one department to anotherhe justified at the microphone of Midi infomardi.

Despite warnings from Christian Dubé, who is asking for don’t fix everything at once and of focus on the flying teamunion representatives hope that the Minister of Health will return from his stay on the North Coast more sensitive to regional realities, with lasting solutions that will make temporary workers want to stay there.

According to information from Renaud Chicoine-McKenzie and Alban Normandin

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