Quebec public sector strikes: Walkouts in 9 regions today

Teachers, health-care professionals and civil servants are on strike in nine different regions Friday.

Eastern Townships, Montérégie among areas affected by public sector walkouts today

Rotating strikes against austerity measures by the Quebec government continue today in nine regions of the province. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Teachers, health-care professionals and civil servants are on strike in nine different regions of Quebec today.

Parapublic workers, such as those who work for RAMQ, are also holding walkouts across the province for the second day in a row.

Strikes today will affect the following regions:

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Mauricie
  • Estrie
  • Côte-Nord
  • Gaspésie-îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Montérégie
  • Central Quebec

Stalled contract negotiations

The walkouts were planned in case negotiations with the Quebec government remained at an impasse.

Last Friday, Quebec labour unions rejected the provincial government's latest offer in contract negotiations, deeming it unacceptable.

The province is offering a three per cent salary hike spread out over five years. Public sectors workers are asking for 13 per cent.

"Three per cent over five years doesn't even cover the costs of living," said Lucie Chabot, the president of the CSQ.

Public sector workers have been without a collective agreement since April.

More strikes planned

The SPGQ, a union representing Quebec white-collar workers, has voted in favour of a strike mandate. It could start as early as Nov. 18 if negotiations continue to stall.

The union represents 17,000 public sector workers, 4,400 Revenu Québec employees and other professionals.

Montreal and Laval will hold public sector strikes on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17.

​Four Montreal school boards have confirmed their teachers and support staff will go on strike those days as well: Commission scolaire de Montréal, Lester B. Pearson, English Montreal and Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

Strike dates are also planned for Dec. 1-3 province-wide.