Paramedics in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean and childcare centers affiliated with the CSN are demanding government paid leave when they are taken off work due to COVID-19.
Private ambulance employers in the region will no longer pay for their preventive withdrawal in the future. When employees have to take time off work due to COVID-19, it will be at their expense.
“What we want is to avoid the worst: that a paramedic who has mild symptoms enters a CHSLD or a private seniors’ residence because he did not have the financial support to withdraw,” said declared the president of the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean-Nord FSSS-CSN paramedical union, Jean-Daniel Tremblay.
At a press conference on Friday morning, they sent a clear message to the government: they want the budget to be released to help them during administrative isolation.
Ditto for the early childhood centers. They ask to receive the same treatment as health or education employees when they are taken off work, that is, to receive pay.
“The workers are not paid, they must dip into their personal leaves, vacation or without pay”, explained the president of the Union of workers of childcare centers and coordinating offices of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-FSSS -CSN, Nathalie Duperré.
Among all the Quebec CPEs affiliated with the CSN, 25% of the 5,200 educators have been placed in segregation and 80% of them have already used all their paid leave.
Next Monday, educators from the region will visit Minister Andrée Laforest, in order to be heard, followed by Members of Parliament Éric Girard and Nancy Guillemette.