Retirement Benefits: Police Promise Mounting Pressure

Retirement Benefits: Police Promise Mounting Pressure

2014-08-09 - Police

Quebec City (Quebec) August 9, 2014 – Police throughout the province are promising mounting pressure against the government to protest Bill 3, which proposes to cut into police and firefighter pensions and retirement benefits.

Police have already abandoned their uniforms’ pants in favour of multi-coloured military-style gear, traded in their standard headdress for union-supplied baseball caps, and covered some squad cars with protest stickers which resembles the red square of the 2012 student protests. An increasing number of police officers have also reportedly called in sick.

Earlier this week, police from across the province marched in front of Sainte-Julie’s city hall.  Sainte-Julie’s mayor, Suzanne Roy, is also president of the Québec Municipalities Union, which was a leading force in backing the proposed retirement benefits cuts. During the protest, police chanted “Au voleur!” (Theif!), a call back to the slogan visible on stickers placed on police cars and firetrucks throughout the province claiming “On a rien volé (nous!)” (We didn’t steal anything!).

Union organisers remain tight-lipped about any possible protests taking place in Québec City. Police and firefighters had drawn much attention to themselves several weeks ago when they’d set fire to a heap of garbage in the streets of Montréal several weeks ago.

The bill, which police union representatives claim shuts down their right to free negotiations with their employer, is due to be debated in parliament in two weeks. The government and the province’s city officials claim the bill is necessary to curb the unsustainable expenses related to police and firefighter retirement benefits, which are significantly better than most other government employees.

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