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Hydro-Québec Negotiations | Unions ‘prepare for the worst’

(Montreal) Negotiations to renew collective agreements involving about 16,000 union members of Hydro-Québec will soon begin, in a given context.

The negotiating committees of the six unions involved, and all local sections of the Canadian Confederation of Public Employees (CUPE), which is affiliated with the FTQ, have met over the past few days to prepare for these negotiations.

The six locals represent different professions: angel line workers, but also technologists, specialists, professionals, office workers, and more.

“We wish the best for our members, but we are preparing for the worst,” they declared in unison during this meeting.

These negotiations will take place in the context of a change in Crown’s senior management and while the Legault government wants to further develop Hydro-Québec’s capabilities.

In addition, Hydro-Québec is reporting record profits. And the public has just been made aware of the importance of its staff, as at its peak the ice storm left 1.1 million customers without power.

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