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Health and education: 30,000 union members in the region on strike

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A march brought together thousands of union members in the streets of Trois-Rivières on Thursday. (Archive photo)

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In Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, approximately 5,700 nurses, practical nurses and respiratory therapists are on strike this Thursday, in addition to the 25,000 union members affiliated with the Common Front who have been in the streets since Tuesday.

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Many union members met Thursday at Saint-Maurice Park, in Shawinigan. (Photo: November 23, 2023)

Thousands of members of the CSN gathered on Trois-Rivières soil to take part in a march which started in the morning at the Cégep de Trois-Rivières and ended on the Plouffe coast.

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In the region, 5,700 nurses, practical nurses and respiratory therapists have walked off the job in addition to union members affiliated with the Common Front.

We want to provide better care in better working conditions.

A quote from Patricia Mailhot, interim president of the Mauricie Union of Healthcare Professionals and Centre-du-Québec

The message is not getting through [to Quebec], unfortunately. We had to give ourselves a strike mandate and we hope that the government [will move on the issue]. We saw, in the statistics, that the population supported us, says the interim president of the Union of Healthcare Professionals of Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, Patricia Mailhot.

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Thousands of Common Front union members strolled through the streets of Trois-Rivières to make themselves heard.

Workers in the public education network will return to schools on Friday, while members of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) will continue to strike for a second day across the province. The movement will continue on Saturday in the region.

Members of the Union of Healthcare Professionals of Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec will hold their first two days of local strike Saturday to protest against the reorganization of schedules at the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ).

Almost all nurses in the region are now required to work one weekend out of three. Only the CIUSSS MCQ has implemented such a measure.

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On Wednesday, teachers from the Cégep de Shawinigan toured on board a bus, from one picket line to another, to support the union members of the Common Front. (Photo: November 22, 2023)

On Wednesday, during the second day of the Common Front strike, around 150 employees of the Cégep de Shawinigan decided to show their support for other members of the Common Front. They visited eight picket lines.

Among the places visited were schools, hospitals and shelters .

They were very well received by the demonstrators present on the picket lines. Many said they had a wave of energy when the bus arrived.

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A bus tour was organized Wednesday in Shawinigan to support union members from one picket line to another. (Photo: November 22, 2023)

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