The union of employees from the National Battlefields Commission announced Monday they sent a strike notice to their employer on Friday. The strike would begin on June 25 and end July 21.
Francis Vachon / Montreal Gazette files
QUEBEC — The activities that will take place on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City may be disrupted on Tuesday starting at midnight due to a strike by the park’s employees.The union of employees from the National Battlefields Commission announced Monday they sent a strike notice to their employer on Friday. The strike would begin on June 25 and end July 21.The union estimates its employees are paid a salary that is up to 42 per cent lower than other federal employees who do similar work, such as employees for the National Capital Commission or Parks Canada.Although the negotiations are largely focused on a pay increase, they are also asking for a pension plan and benefits for their on-call employees.Claudia Bellavance, a member of the negotiation team, said their employer is ready to match Parks Canada’s salaries but it it is waiting for an approval from the federal government.According to the Public Service Alliance of Canada union, the Canada Day festivities in the park may also be affected by the strike.The Plains of Abraham employees are in charge of the park’s entrance, the programming and the general maintenance of the park as well as its museum.The employees were also on strike for three days and a half in May. The union’s collective agreement has been overdue for a year and a half.If the strike continues until the Quebec City summer festival, the repercussions will be limited since the festival is not organized by the union.