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Quebec public-sector workers to strike starting Oct. 26

Quebec civil servants will hold rotating and consecutive strike days over the span of six weeks.

Teachers, health workers and labour federation members to hold rotating strike days

Thousands of protestors from a coalition of public sector unions march in the streets of Montreal on Oct. 3, 2015. (Peter McCabe/Canadian Press)

Quebec public-sector employees are gearing up for a series of rotating strike days as early as Oct. 26, sources tell Radio-Canada. 

There will be both rotating and consecutive strike days across the province over the span of six weeks. 

The province's two largest labour federations representing civil servants voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike mandate earlier this month. 

The two unions represent a total of 300,000 employees in the public health and education sectors. 

The mobilization comes after a series of failed contract negotiations and cutbacks with the provincial government. 

Quebec is offering civil servants a two-year salary freeze followed by a 1 per cent increase per year over three years. Teachers have also been without a collective agreement since April.

The Fédération autonome de l'enseignement, the union that represents over 34,000 French-language teachers across the province, will also hold three consecutive strike days on Oct. 26, 27 and 28.

The strike action will coincide with the labour federation's first day of striking.

The Front Commun, a coalition of public-sector unions, will also have three consecutive days of striking on Dec. 1, 2 and 3 across the health and education sectors.

Quebec's labour federations have promised further disruption if the provincial government refuses to negotiate.


Potential strike dates:

  • Oct. 26, 27 and 28 for French-language teachers
  • Dec. 1, 2 and 3 for some health, education and public service sectors

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