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A counter-offer has been submitted; the FAE is ready to negotiate this weekend

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The FAE has been on an indefinite general strike for more than a week. (Archive photo)

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The Autonomous Education Federation submitted a counter-offer on Saturday morning, at a time when the indefinite general strike has been going on for more than a week.

This is the first counter-offer from the union side since the start of negotiations with Quebec.

The FAE rejected the latest proposal from the Legault government, an offer considered interesting, but insufficient.

Discussions surrounding the composition of classes have notably progressed, but disagreements persist, for example regarding teleworking during educational days.

According to Sophie Veilleux, president of the Haute-Yamaska ​​education union affiliated with the FAE, negotiations must take place at the end of week.

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Everyone has looking forward to getting back to work. The strike was not an objective, it was a means that we would have preferred not to have to use.

A quote from Sophie Veilleux, president of the union. teaching of Haute-Yamaska

I receive messages from members who are very positive about there being negotiations at the end of the week, she says.

In an interview on the show Facts First, the president of the union, Mélanie Hubert, clarified that the government's requests had been taken into account. We made room in our counter-offer for government objectives, she underlined.

However, she did not want to say when an agreement will be reached and will allow the return to class.

Are we close to an agreement? It will depend on the degree of openness we have mutually, but for us it is clear that the desire remains to settle.

A quote from Mélanie Hubert, president of the Autonomous Federation of Education

The submission of this counter-offer does not, however, ensure a return of students to class on Monday. Mélanie Hubert believes that it would be very optimistic to consider this since disagreements remain, particularly regarding teleworking.

Friday, the FAE declared at a press briefing that despite the submission of this counter-offer, the unlimited general strike initiated by its 66,000 members last week continues.

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