Striking Quebec construction workers have rejected a last-minute deal put on the table Sunday afternoon by the Quebec Construction Alliance (ACQ).
The ACQ made the final offer after a 48-hour negotiation blitz and gave the Alliance Syndicale, an umbrella organization grouping together several unions representing striking construction workers until 4 p.m. to respond.
The construction companies, represented by the ACQ, had described the now rejected proposal, as “win-win,” as it took into account work-life balance, a key demand from the unions.
Under the deal, salaried employees would have benefited from a four-day week, the ACQ said in a statement, adding it went above and beyond what the unions requested.
In terms of salary increases, the ACQ was offering a 1.85 per cent increase the first year and two per cent for subsequent years.
Meanwhile, the Philippe Couillard government has recalled all MNAs to the National Assembly in order to table back-to-work legislation Monday morning.
Quebec’s Labour Minister Dominique Vien had expressed hope the legislation would not be necessary, and that both sides involved in the dispute could come to a mutual agreement.
For its part, the Alliance Syndicale threatened legal proceedings come Monday morning against the ACQ, arguing negotiations were made in bad faith.
The alliance has planned a major protest in front of the National Assembly Monday to denounce the government’s proposed back-to-work legislation.
Some 175,000 construction workers have been off the job since Wednesday after declaring a general unlimited strike.
— With files from The Canadian Press