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Public sector: the Common Front takes stock | Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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The Common Front is currently leading its third strike sequence.

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Spokespeople for the 420,000 union members of the Common Front (CSN-FTQ-CSQ-APTS) will meet the media, Sunday at 11 a.m., as part of the third day of strike out of the seven planned until December 14.

They want to take stock of the negotiations on working conditions in health and social services, particularly on the setbacks proposed by the government, if we relies on the notice of meeting.

On Wednesday, the Legault government increased its salary offer to +12.7% for the period 2023-2028 (compared to +10.3% in its offer of October 29 ).

The current inflation forecast being 18.1% for this period, this offer will always have the effect of impoverishing public sector workers.

A quote from Le Front commun on Wednesday, following the latest employer offer

The government estimates that the overall offer, which notably includes sectoral increases (+2.5%) and the lump sum of $1000, now represents an increase of 16.7% in payroll.

Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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However, the unions do not take these latter amounts into account in their calculations since they are not recurring, or because they are generally offered as part of flexibility measures ( such as accepting night or weekend shifts).

They are asking for an increase of more than 20% over three years in order to respond to inflation and carry out a form of salary catch-up compared to previous years. other more advantageous sectors.

The triggering of an unlimited general strike is now not ruled out.

Furthermore, the CAQ government adopted its mega-reform of the health system on Saturday. Beyond the reservations regarding the use of the gag, unions are of the opinion that this umpteenth reform will not make it possible to resolve the most pressing problems of the health network, in particular the shortage of personnel and the poor working conditions for staff.

In addition to the Common Front, the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) is also on strike from December 11 to 14. The FIQ indicated on Sunday that it had submitted a counter-offer on Friday.

These organizations will be joined, for the first time in this conflict, by the 34,000 members of the Union of Professionals of the Government of Quebec (SPGQ) who are on strike from December 13 to 15.

Remember that FAE teachers have been on an indefinite strike since November 23.

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