April 16, 2024

Does the federal government of François Legault have the monetary assets to provide its 564,400 civil servants the 21% improve in three years that the Widespread Entrance of Central Commerce Unions is demanding on behalf of its union members? NO!

However does the CAQ authorities have the means to enhance on its newest provide, which it estimates at a 14.8% improve over 5 years? Indisputably YES!

I invite each events to cease taking part in hardball! That the Legault authorities’s chief negotiator, Treasury President Sonia LeBel, and the Widespread Entrance union leaders cease hesitating and begin negotiating critically primarily based on the precise fiscal capability of the Quebec authorities and its taxpayers.

I emphasize the phrase “CON-TRI-BUA-BLES”. For what? As a result of stripping taxpayers Paul and Jeannette to dress civil servants Jean and Paulette is not going to resolve the issue of honest pay between public servants and the mass of taxpayers.

IN GOOD FAITH…PLEASE!

Each 1 p.c improve in compensation (wage and advantages) for the state’s 564,400 staff prices a further $600 million.

The Widespread Entrance is looking for a rise of 21% over three years and even 7% per 12 months.

If the federal government agrees, it could lead to a $4.2 billion improve in compensation spending for the primary 12 months of the collective settlement renewal, particularly the present fiscal 12 months. You need to know that the settlement expired on March thirty first.

Over three years, rising state worker compensation would value us a complete of $12.6 billion extra.

For its half, the federal government is providing 14.8% over 5 years, nearly 3% per 12 months. We’re speaking a couple of whole improve of about $8.88 billion over 5 years, and even a median of $1.78 billion per 12 months.

Particularly, the present hole between authorities provide and Widespread Entrance demand is due to this fact $2.42 billion per 12 months.

If the Legault authorities will increase its provide by one notch and the Widespread Entrance lowers its demand by one notch, this might undoubtedly result in extra severe negotiations between the 2 events.

Apparently the CAQ authorities shot itself within the foot by voting for a 30% pay rise shortly earlier than negotiations with the general public and parastatal sectors started.

What a mistake!

THE FREE PATH

As I discussed in my column final Saturday, the Quebec authorities would have $10 billion in funds flexibility.

This isn’t what I or the Legault authorities are saying, however quite the Parliamentary Funds Officer (unbiased federal company) in his latest report on the monetary sustainability of provincial and federal governments.

This implies the CAQ authorities may improve spending by $10 billion or lower taxes by $10 billion this 12 months with out unbalancing the federal government’s fiscal place in the long run.

A margin of $10 billion could seem giant. However in actuality, responding to the urgent wants of the hour could be sufficient for the Legault authorities to soften like snow within the solar.

Examples of evident wants: monetary help to low- and middle-income households in any respect prices; make investments extra in group teams; bettering companies for individuals with disabilities; enhance entry to a household physician; take up a bigger share of the general public transport deficit.