Why public sector negotiations matter

Topnotch piece by Jonathan Montpetit on why public sector negotiations matter to all wage earners in Quebec. Basically, real wages stalled between 1978 and 2015. “The buying power of salaried workers in the province flatlined for nearly 40 years.”

So if you’re wondering how an ordinary working joe in Quebec could expect to buy a house back then, this article goes a long way to explaining it.

“Between 1983 and 2017, the productivity of the Quebec economy increased by 34.5 per cent. Hourly wages, though, increased only 9.5 per cent during that period, while the salaries of unionized workers increased even less.”

“Between 15 and 20 per cent of salaried workers in Quebec collect their paycheques from the provincial government. By forcing public sector wages downward, the government may have brought other wages in the province down with them.”

But read it, I could quote it all day.

Public sector workers held a demo Tuesday afternoon inside the World Trade Centre building.