Workers’ premiums – The Tribunal rules that they apply to overtime

29 January 2021

The Fédération du personnel de soutien scolaire (FPSS-CSQ) welcomes the ruling of the arbitration tribunal just handed down in the case of retention premiums for overtime worked by skilled manual workers.

The President of the FPSS-CSQ says that “the government had already recognized that these workers deserved a 10% retention premium to better compete with the private sector, but did not recognize it for overtime hours worked.  Now it is clear that the premium applies to regular AND overtime hours.”

Cannot attract flies with vinegar

In explaining its ruling, the arbitration tribunal aptly writes, “just as you cannot attract flies with vinegar, you cannot reasonably apply a provision that aims to be attractive as if it were a provision aimed at repelling.  I am of the opinion that the attraction and retention premium… must be adjusted to the salary rate when the latter is increased.”

The arbitration tribunal adds that “this logical and coherent interpretation is the only one that is compatible with the general concern of both parties that employees be treated in a fair and equitable manner.”

Mr. Pronovost hopes that “remuneration for overtime is no longer an issue.  These workers deserve to have their hourly rate recognized in all situations.”

To read the entire TAT ruling