Retired union workers are getting in line behind their former co-workers in the fight against proposed pension plan changes.
The organization of former blue- and white-collar workers says almost half retirees have to go back to work in less than two years, after learning that their pensions were not enough to live on.
"Most of the organization here have members who don't have even $30,000 a year for a pension," Francois Teasdale told CTV News.
The Liberal government's planned changes in Bill 3 including having public servants increasing their contributions to pension plans to match what is spent by municipalities.
Marc Ranger of the Union Coalition for Free Negotiation, which represents some 70,000 of Montreal's municipal employees, has warned there will be war if Premier Philippe Couillard isn't willing to compromise.
Couillard challenges that most taxpayers are on board with the planned changes to help tackle the province's $3.9 billion dollar pensions plan deficit - and he isn't planning on budging.
"The need for the government to act, to restrict spending and to stimulate growth and unemployment; on that people are absolutely in accordance—or at least a majority of people are in accordance—of what we want to do," he told reporters Sunday.
A mass protest is scheduled in Montreal for August 20th: the same day parliamentary hearings on the proposed pension changes begin in Quebec City.