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Marche symbolic of the FIQ in four towns in the region

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The symbolic march was held simultaneously in La Baie, Chicoutimi, Jonquière, Alma, Roberval and Dolbeau.

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Members of the Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ) held a symbolic march on Tuesday in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. The union action is part of the strike movement that began at the beginning of November.

The symbolic march was held at the same time in La Baie, Chicoutimi , Jonquière, Alma, Roberval and Dolbeau-Mistassini.

Members of the FIQ notably went to the office of the Member of Parliament for Jonquière, Yannick Gagnon. A few hundred people were present in this visibility operation. Common Front strikers joined them.

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MP Yannick Gagnon spoke with the demonstrators.

The CAQ MP met with union representatives. They discussed ongoing negotiations as well as Bill 15 passed under gag order last week.

We expressed our disappointment at seeing an MP who is still quite close to the population. As we have seen, not all MPs agree to come and speak to us. We passed messages. We expect that the other projects that are on the table, because there are still important projects in Quebec, that they will do their job to the end and no longer use the gag order, mentioned the regional president of the FIQ, Julie Boivin.

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The national representative of the Alliance of professional and technical personnel in health and services social workers for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Karine Ferland also took the opportunity to deliver a message to the elected official.

[We talked about] our issues in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region in terms of the impact on the labor shortage and the negotiations which are not moving forward. The people of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the population, are very worried about what is happening at the moment, she argued.

The FIQ presented a counter-offer containing lower financial requests. The union does not rule out the idea of ​​an unlimited general strike if no agreement is reached in the near future.

The regional section of the FIQ represents 3,300 healthcare professionals. Workers are taking to picket lines across the region while ensuring essential services are maintained.

This latest strike sequence has begun on December 11 and will run until December 14.

With information from Louis Martineau

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