François Enault, vice-president of the CSN. (Archive photo)
Last Friday, Prime Minister François Legault assured of his goodwill and eagerness to renew the collective agreements which concern some 600,000 state employees. I hope that we resolve this in the coming days and that there is no strike next week, he said.
But these three strikes will be difficult to avoid, given the meager progress at the tables.
The government did not avoid the first short strike sequence. He did not avoid the second strike sequence. I hope he will understand that he should try to work to avoid the third strike sequence, said Mr. Enault, of the CSN.
The common front strike mandate is one of unlimited general strike which would be preceded by strike sequences. The next sequence could therefore last a few more days or become unlimited.
Currently, the mandate we have, yes it could be an unlimited general strike somewhere in December, if things do not move forward. But we continue. The only thing on which we agree with the government is that we want a regulation for the Holidays.
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The 420,000 Common Front workers will be on strike Monday morning to put pressure on Quebec.
Among other things, the common front represents the majority of primary and secondary teachers in Quebec, through the CSQ. In health establishments, he also represents beneficiary attendants through the CSN and the FTQ.
And he also represents technicians and professionals in health and social services through the APTS. It also represents tens of thousands of support employees, both in the education and health sectors.
In a video posted on social media, Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel called on unions for more flexibility.
She recalled that Quebec had already submitted four offers, the most recent amounting to eight billion dollars. And I have no counter-offer, they offer me nothing in return, she lamented, stressing that her government had agreed to historic salary increases.