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Negotiations with the 4,000 workers represented by the SFPQ were put on ice during the holidays, with Quebec wanting to focus on health negotiations and education. (Archive photo)

The Canadian Press

The Quebec Public and Parapublic Service Union (SFPQ) is requesting mediation for the 4,000 workers it represents, faced with an impasse in negotiations for the renewal of their collective agreement.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">These are 4,000 members of the SFPQ who mainly work at the Ministry of Transport as drivers of heavy machinery – snowplows, for example –, as well as in nurseries and prison kitchens.

According to public sector rules, mediation is a sort of obligatory step before obtaining the right to strike. The Common Front unions made a similar request last May.

In the case of the 4,000 SFPQ workers, negotiations had been put on ice during the holidays, Quebec wants to focus on negotiations in health and education. Discussions with the SFPQ resumed at the beginning of January, without much progress since, according to the union.

Nathalie Garvin, vice-president of the SFPQ and responsible for negotiations for the workers, affirms that nothing is ruled out in the event of failure of the process mediation. In fact, the union would then obtain the right to strike.

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The largest contingent of SFPQ members, that of civil servants, has not yet reached this stage of mediation.

The SFPQ is one of three union organizations, with the FIQ (nurses) and the SPGQ (professionals), which have still not renewed their collective agreements with the Quebec government.

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