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The Common Front increases the pressure and adds seven days of strike in December

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Common Front union members held four days of strike in November and will hold seven more in December.

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In a notice sent Tuesday to its affiliated unions, the Common Front announces that it will hold seven new days of strike, from December 8 to 14, in order to force the conclusion of an agreement to renew the collective agreements before the holidays.

In the notice sent to its members, the Common Front, which brings together 420,000 state workers affiliated with the CSN, the CSQ, the FTQ and the APTS, warns that these seven days of strike will be the last warning shot before the indefinite general strike if the situation does not resolve at the negotiating table.

Union leaders must officially make it known x27;announcement at 11 a.m. this morning.

These seven days of strike will be in addition to the walkout of November 6 and the three days of last week.

This final sequence before triggering the unlimited general strike aims to reach an agreement before the holidays, we can read in the document.

Until then, thousands of citizens and families will once again see their daily lives disrupted or care and services delayed due to the strike.

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Common Front union members, who mainly come from health, education and social services sectors, have been negotiating for almost a year to renew their collective agreements which expired on March 31. The Minister of Labor, Jean Boulet, appointed a conciliator last week, at the request of the Common Front, to try to bring the parties closer to the negotiating table.

As for the 80,000 health workers affiliated with the FIQ who are also negotiating the renewal of their employment contract, they held two days of strike in early November.

They could also add walkouts or perhaps opt for an indefinite walkout, as did the 66,000 union members of the Autonomous Education Federation who have been on an indefinite general strike since last Thursday. p>

Wages and the organization of work, particularly in education and health, are the main stumbling blocks between the government and union members .

The President of the Treasury Board Sonia LeBel, who is leading the negotiations on the government side, was reassuring on Sunday, during her appearance on the show Everybody talks about it.< /p>

The minister, who claims to be asking for more flexibility from unions to resolve the important personnel problems which undermine health and education, says is said to be confident of finding a way through and concluding fair and equitable salary clauses for all workers, recalling in passing that teachers, in particular, had already benefited from increases which reached up to 15 % during the last negotiation.

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