Thousands of managers in the health system are in limbo: they occupy new functions, often for more than a year without knowing what their salary, especially if it will be revised downwards.
Members of the Association of Managers of health and social services institutions (agess) are still awaiting the decision of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, unable to negotiate or be consulted.
Since the reform of the network set up by Bill 10 in February 2015, no fewer than 4500 executives changed jobs and their task was generally heavy, but they retained the same pay pending an official reclassification.
“We’re into nothingness, there is no sound, there is light, there is no picture at the Ministry,” said the president of the agess, Yves Bolduc, who expressed the anger of his organization but also his impotence in an interview with the Canadian Press.
“Find me an employer in the private sector that displays a position without displaying the salary? It does not stand, it’s inconsistent. ”
And for those who have obtained a provisional ranking, lower compensation. For example, a manager has inherited the duties of a position in more than two thirds of tasks to another position, but his annual salary from 81 000 to 76 000 $.
“In the provisional standings we saw, people are put down (in wage levels), for sure they are in shock,” noted Mr. Bolduc.
The plan of the Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette, was to get rid of more than 1,200 network managers by reforming structures Bill 10. Thus, 6000 general manager positions, to senior and middle managers clinical areas were abolished and 4500 of these managers were relocated in the Revised positions, often combining one and a half or two positions.
Now, after more than a year, the ministry does not even result in a provisional classification of jobs as it promised, much less a permanent yet promised for next fall, complains Mr. Bolduc . We still do not know what criteria will be assessed each position, the number of facilities to manage the number of employees the necessary training, etc.
And worse, the salary, the Ministry of Health relies on Treasury Board, reported Mr. Bolduc. “Is there something more complicated and slower than the Treasury Board?” He illustrated.
Result: during this time, the compensation of unionized staff continues to increase and exceeds that of his superiors, including through pay equity or critical care premiums.
“We have managers easily earn between $ 3,000 and $ 10,000 less than their subordinates,” noted the president of the AGESSS.
Besides overtime managers are not paid, though 93 percent of them blithely beyond their 35 hours. Even the ‘compensatory’ bye week which was granted in exchange was abolished by the Minister decried Mr. Bolduc.
Moreover, we let them hear they might not rely on the “trailer” clause, the salary increase of 5.25 per cent paid to unionized by 2018, but traditionally paid to all employees of the ‘State.
“It is the height of idiocy,” said the boss of AGESSS.
The AGESSS trying for months to get a meeting with the Minister of Health, in vain. “These people do not want to talk to us,” concludes the executive.
Managers no longer “no control” and they can not challenge anything, for fear of losing their jobs, because no dissent is tolerated under the rule of Gaetan Barrette, denounced Mr. Bolduc. The partnership between the Department and managers ended with his arrival, noticed the president of the AGESSS. The impact on the network and those who run are harmful, he said.
“The morale in the heels, people were” sick and ponpon “. There is a marked increase in absenteeism, burnout, disengagement, demobilization of many managers. ”
The AGESSS has 7,000 active members and more than 1,000 retirees. There are about 10,000 managers in the health system, according to estimates by the AGESSS. Before Bill 10, there were about 12,000.
The average annual salary of members of the AGESSS is around $ 85,000, including executives.