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The strike continues, in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, for 3,300 members of the Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ). In recent days, the union has presented a counter-offer which includes lowered financial demands.

The FIQ does not rule out the idea of ​​an unlimited general strike if no agreement is reached in the near future.

In the past, we had already made a counter-offer at the level of other requests which we had revised downwards. There, it is at the level of salary that we made a counter-proposal because we want a settlement by the holidays, specifies the regional president of the FIQ, Julie Boivin.

Requests for salary increases increase from 24% over three years to 20% over four years.

Currently, things are not moving quickly enough to reach a settlement, except that we saw, in the last strike sequence that we [made], that the strike had an impact. Suddenly, at the negotiating table, there was more openness on the part of the government regarding our proposals, indicates Ms. Boivin.

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Despite this, the pace would not be sufficient to complete an agreement. According to Julie Boivin, not all of the priority requests in the eyes of the FIQ are met.

The core of our requests, there is no way for the moment to make progress at this level. This is why on Friday, we made a counter-offer, to say that we are ready to make a move. The workload, work-life balance, will have to be addressed. We have several requests for these two subjects. It's going to have to happen, she said.

Two weeks before Christmas, the regional president of the union which represents 80,000 workers in Quebec still remains optimistic about the possibility of a settlement.

We know how negotiations go, very often for a long time, it's just chatting, settling small matters. When the mandate to settle is given with what is needed, with money, things happen quickly. The big pieces will settle, but it's a question of will, she recalls.

The threat of a general strike unlimited always hovers over these negotiations.

If we are not able to overcome this week or before the holidays, it is certain that the unlimited general strike will be reviewed for January.

A quote from Julie Boivin, regional president of the FIQ

Adopted under gag order, Bill 15 does not affect the FIQ's requests. However, according to Julie Boivin, this sowed discord in the negotiations.

The government's amendments have caused discontent among healthcare professionals. Quebec has removed respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists from category 1. These professionals now find themselves in category 6 which, according to Julie Boivin, does not reach the members at all.

When all this happened, throughout Quebec, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists were furious. I got a call from the employer asking me what was going on with the respiratory therapists. They are angry like that cannot be, she testifies.

This frontal attack corners the government alone, according to Ms. Boivin.

Since the announcement of these amendments, the professional orders, the groups of doctors and the opposition spoke out to keep respiratory therapists and perfusionists with category 1. He goes it alone, but he persists, she reports.

The union representative is of the opinion that the comments of CAQ elected officials in the public square only add fuel to the fire.

We cannot only carries the voice of our members. The flexibility requested by Mr. Legault is not acceptable. This is non-negotiable. The network is already very flexible. Giving them more is unthinkable for our members, she argues.

The Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean reminds that certain activities will be temporarily slowed down due to the strike. Waiting times could be increased until December 14 and some appointments could be postponed or even canceled.

The CIUSSS indicates that only urgent samples will be taken until the end of the strike. Therefore, users who have a non-urgent appointment in the centers of Dolbeau-Mistassini, Jonquière, La Baie, Roberval and Saint-Félicien are invited to postpone it. It is also recommended not to come for non-urgent samples at the walk-in sampling centers in Chicoutimi and Alma.

The CIUSSS reminds that the usual services of intensive care and emergency units are offered.

According to information from Frédéric Tremblay< /em>

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