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Negotiations resume between Quebec and public sector unions | Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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François Enault (CSN), Éric Gingras (CSQ), Robert Comeau (APTS) and Magali Picard (FTQ), leaders of the Common Front. (File photo)

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After a 24-hour break to allow everyone to enjoy Christmas, negotiations resume on Tuesday between the government of Quebec and public sector unions. We will particularly monitor the central table, where salaries and pensions are negotiated.

At all the sectoral tables of the Common Front, compromises were found on the question of flexibility, whether in education or health. The question is whether the salary increases will live up to expectations, said former unionist Marc Ranger in an interview with RDI.

He emphasizes that nothing has yet been won and that the approval of most of these settlement hypotheses depends on an agreement at the central table. The Common Front wants the salary increase to be sufficient to counter inflation, but also to allow a certain enrichment of its members, while the government must try to respect its budgetary framework without humiliating the unions.

Two important union organizations, the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) and the Interprofessional Health Federation of Quebec (FIQ), still have no hypotheses of agreements in principle at the sectoral tables, there where working conditions are negotiated.

The same goes for education professionals affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), who have already agreed to continue negotiations on December 28.

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Marc Ranger, former Quebec director of CUPE.

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If Mr. Ranger is relatively optimistic for the FIQ, given the presence of a conciliator, he believes that the pressure is enormous on the FAE.

I don't see at all how we could resume the indefinite general strike from January 8 or 9 with the agreement in principle that has been reached by the other big player (FSE-CSQ) which represents 60 % of teachers.

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“You have to expect a result quickly, otherwise it will be untenable, primarily for the FAE,” he added.

On Christmas Eve, almost all of the 420,000 members of the Front common had arrived at hypotheses of agreements in principle. These must, however, be ratified by their respective bodies, then subsequently approved by their members before being definitively concluded. These are:

Health :

Education :

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