It’s not just the heat and humidity that will weigh on visitors to Yamaska National Park from Saturday.
The strike that will affect Quebec’s 23 national parks means that the services offered will be considerably reduced.
In Roxton Pond, beach patrol, watercraft rentals, bike rentals and discovery activities will not be available until further notice.
Bathing will be banned, says one to the Society for the development of outdoor establishments in Quebec (Sépaq).
Since the employees will be on an unlimited general strike, only four executives will divide the tasks normally devolved to about fifty workers, says Jean-François Sylvestre, President of the Montreal-Laval-Montérégie region for the Union of the Public and Parapublic Service. Quebec.
“That’s why many activities will be closed,” he says.
According to Mr. Sylvestre, managers will prioritize hospitality, information and health services while employees demonstrate.
He believes that customers will understand the situation. “People, I do not think it bothers them, ben,” he says. We do not stop them from going to the parks, but the activities will be slowed down. ”
Those who wish to be compensated or postpone their booking can also do so, says Sépaq on its website. The organization has already notified reservation holders by email.
“And those who will introduce themselves, I think they will be pretty well aware that services will be less,” says Sylvestre. People will also be able to see the reality of Sépaq employees, he adds, a job that is low-paid and often seasonal.
The question of wages is at the heart of the debate. The collective agreement for employees has expired since December 2018 and they are asking for an increase of 3.5% to 4% per year and to review the classification of employment bodies. They rejected the employer’s latest offer.
Responsible for media relations at Sépaq, Simon Boivin told La Voix de l’Est that he was no longer interviewing the negotiations before they were completed.
They are continuing and a conciliator has been asked this week.