Provincial organizations will be appealing a Quebec Supreme Court decision in May on wages paid to lawyers and notaries during a strike that ended in March. The appeal was approved by Quebec Court of Appeals Judge Claude Gagnon on Thursday.
During the strike, lawyers and notaries employed by the Quebec government were promised to be paid for a minimum of three hours of work performed as essential services. The organizations say lawyers and notaries filed for reimbursements on hours “not actually worked.”
The Quebec Supreme Court dispute focused on the application of the Act Respecting Labour Standards within the context of an unlimited strike and the validity of the Treasury Board directive, which states that when forced back to work, an employee working for an essential service should only be paid for the actual time worked.
The claim, made by Quebec’s Attorney General, the Société d’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and the Régie de l’assurance-maladie du Québec (RAMQ), was deemed inadmissible on May 18.
The strike, which affected about 1,100 lawyers and notaries, started on Oct. 24, 2016 and ended on March 1 when a law forcing them back to work was adopted.