The Northeastern Quebec Health Workers’ Union (SIISNEQ) and the Quebec Health Federation (FSQ) reacted Monday to the report published at the end of the week in the newspaper The Hurry about independent labor on the North Shore.

When it is made that it is the members of the management themselves who report, in the media, on their deficient management, it shows how badly things are goingdeclares in writing the President of the SIISNEQNathalie Savard, in a press release.

Nathalie Savard is president of the union representing nurses in northeastern Quebec.

Nathalie Savard is president of SIISNEQ, which represents nurses in northeastern Quebec (archives).

Photo: Radio-Canada / Daniel Fontaine

In January, the CISSS de la Côte-Nord indicated that it was forecasting a budget deficit of $64.6 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.

According to the communications advisor for the CISSS of the region, Pascal Paradis, between 65 and 70% of these millions of dollars are attributable to the use of the services of employees of private agencies.

Evolution of hours worked by independent workers per year at the CISSS de la Côte-Nord

Fiscal year

Number of hours














690,186 (estimate)

The two unions affiliated with the Centrale des unions du Québec (CSQ) claim that the management of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord has eliminated 140 nursing and nursing assistant positions over the past two years, while nurses from employment agencies are increasingly numerous on the floors.

I have the impression that the employer is trying to recover the deficit on the backs of the people who currently work at the CISSS of the North Shore. »

A quote from Nathalie Savard, President of the Syndicate of Health Workers in Northeastern Quebec (SIISNEQ)

[Les 140 postes] are cuts in CHSLD or in departments like psychiatry where it’s hard to get people. Perhaps these positions are vacant for the moment, but at the same time, we have to work to recruit these people.adds the union president.

the CISSS of the Côte-Nord does not wish to react to the declarations of the unions, indicates Pascal Paradis.

Ms. Savard notes that the first thing to do is find a way to talk to each other.

The two unions would like to meet with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) as well as the CISSS of the region to solve small problems.

If we invested in the [montant de 64,6] million dollars, a percentage to put teams back in place and to give certain advantages to the people who work in our network, I think it could be a win for everyoneemphasizes Ms. Savard.

In total, the costs of independent labor in the CISSS Côte-Nord are estimated at $84 million for 2021-2022, according to data provided by Pascal Paradis. In comparison, for 2015-2016, they were $7 million.

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