Unifor is adding its voice to those that have welcomed the Quebec government’s decision to enhance benefits under the Quebec Pension Plan, the public pension scheme on which six out of 10 Quebecers rely, from 25 per cent of pensionable earnings to 33.33 per cent.
“Since 2009, we have been part of a coalition made up of Quebec Federation of Labour affiliates and some 100 organizations pushing for improvements to the public pension plan. So we are obviously very pleased with yesterday’s announcement of the QPP expansion,” said Renaud Gagné, Quebec Director.
Last year, all provinces in Canada except Quebec agreed on an expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, the QPP’s national counterpart. That would have left retirees in Quebec with less generous pension plan benefits than their fellow citizens in the rest of Canada.
“This situation would have been both aberrant and unfair.”
The importance of perseverance
“If there’s one thing I want to underscore, it’s the incredible mobilization job that was done and that paid off in the end. I’d like to thank all the members who answered the many calls to action over the past years. You’ve shown us the importance of persevering and never giving up,” concluded Gagné.