The world of work in Quebec saw both highs and lows in 2011, recording a number of successes as well as a few failures. As the year draws to a close, here are some of the issues that attracted the attention of the Ordre de conseillers en ressources humaines agréés…
- In the third quarter of 2011, the National Capital region posted one of the lowest unemployment rates in the province at 4.9%, bringing the region very close to full employment.
- Collaboration between the government and the opposition to pass Bill 33, legislation aimed at eliminating union placement.
- The growth of the videogame industry in Quebec. The opening of Warner Brothers studio last October and the announcement by videogame producers Eidos of its plans to create 250 jobs, confirming Quebec’s leadership role in this industry.
- Construction site shutdowns and the vandalism and intimidation triggered by the proposal of the Bill to abolish union placement.
- The Harper government’s threat to pass special legislation against Air Canada flight attendants and customer service agents. A similar conflict at Canada Post.
- The closing of three IQT Solutions call centres, which affected 1,200 workers in all and some 600 in Quebec. The workers were laid off without any notice, coherent explanation or termination pay.
- The end of the Journal de Montréal dispute after two years of lock-out. Although this may at first seem like good news, given the duration of the conflict and the return-to-work conditions, the settlement can’t exactly be described as one of the year’s successes.
- The attention government authorities and businesses are focusing on pension plans. With the financial uncertainty facing a growing number of private plans and a large percentage of the population reaching retirement age, all players (management, unions and governments) seem determined to take certain steps. But since the clock has already been ticking for some time now, will they be enough?
Through its actions in the public arena, the Ordre contributes to the advancement and reputation of the profession and plays a key influential role in the world of work in Quebec.