A request for appeal from the FIQ rejected in the Supreme Court

For several years, the Federation of Quebec Nurses has been suing the Association of Placement Agencies of Quebec […] and those who hire them, including the government, saying that people who come from agencies and work in hospitals should pay union duessays the president of the Sherbrooke agency Continuum and president of theEPPSQ Helen Gravel.

She is pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to close the case on April 28. We are extremely happy, because it means that there is recognition of the role of employment agencies as essential partners of the Quebec health network.she argues.

According to her, the agencies are not responsible for the shortage of personnel in the public network.

As an agency, when we are under contract with the government, we are not allowed to carry out recruitment offensives within the network. When people leave the network, there are reasons, and it’s up to FIQ to tell us why they are leaving. It’s not the agencies that come to get themshe adds.

Why are there so many defections? It is not for us to answer that question. »

A quote from Hélène Gravel, President of the Association of Private Healthcare Personnel Companies of Quebec

The interim president of the Union of Care Professionals of the Eastern Townships affiliated with the FIQ Stéphanie Goulet believes, however, that the use of independent labor (ME) leads to injustices in the health network.

The Supreme Court refused to hear our point of view. Our desire was that agency staff who have been working in certain public health facilities for months, years sometimes, should become our members and pay dues among other things, and should not have benefits greater than our members who work with himshe explains.

The schedules are particularly a thorny subject for the staff of the public network, she notes. Our members leave the public network to go to private Agencies. It’s a choice they make, that’s not the problem. The problem is that when they come back to work in the public network that they chose to leave the majority of the time, they often come back on day replacements from Monday to Friday which should go to our members.

At school, it is known that people in the public health network will have to work on unfavorable shifts, which are evening and night shifts generally the first years of their career. Eventually, the more seniority you accumulate, you can apply for daytime positions, for positions that don’t have weekends. Our working conditions should improve. But what we have seen in the health network for years is that conditions are not improving. Our members who have a lot of seniority must remain in unfavorable frameworks for the benefit of the MOI [main-d’œuvre indépendante]who comes to work for example on day replacements from Monday to Fridaydenounces Ms. Goulet.

It doesn’t make sense, we won’t be able to keep our staff in the public health network if we do that. »

A quote from Stéphanie Goulet, interim president of the Union of Healthcare Professionals of the Eastern Townships affiliated with the FIQ

The FIQ also believes that better working conditions for its members, including better control of the ratios between workers and patients, could help the health network to retain its staff and attract the next generation.


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