Quebec infrastructure workers will go on strike Tuesday

Members of the Société québécoise des infrastructures, or SQI, confirmed Monday they will launch a strike Tuesday.

For now, the strike will be held from 5:31 p.m. to 7:59 a.m. during the week, and throughout weekends.

The 300 members of the Syndicat des professionnels du gouvernement du Québec voted in favour of the strike Sept. 19 and 20.

The role of the SQI is to build, operate and manage public infrastructure projects. Those going on strike include real-estate advisers, engineers, architects, certified appraisers and project managers.

Union president Richard Perron said wage gaps are widening and that their members have lost purchasing power over several decades. The union says a project manager at SQI could face a salary gap ranging from $27,000 to $39,000 a year compared with their peers in other provinces.

The union says citizens won’t feel the impact of the strike, but that disturbances are expected within the SQI’s operations. 

Union members have been without a collective agreement since March 31, 2015.