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The Common Front says it has not made a counter-proposal to the Legault government, but says it is open to studying various scenarios. (Archive photo)

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The Inter-Union Common Front claims Monday to have “demonstrated openness to studying various scenarios” with the Legault government, without however having made a counter-proposal. Its representatives will then take stock of the negotiations and decide on the follow-up to be given to the strike mandate.

On behalf of the Common Front, the communications advisor of the Alliance of Professional and Technical Personnel in Health and Social Services (APTS), Maxime Clément, declared by email to Radio-Canada that the opening in question concerned the duration of the collective agreement, in particular.

However, the union negotiators say at the same time they want a guarantee on protection against ;inflation and some enrichment for its 420,000 members.

The bodies of the four union organizations that make up the Common Front, namely the CSQ, the CSN, the APTS and the FTQ will meet on Tuesday to determine the next course of action, indicated Mr. Clément.

Common Front spokespersons will then provide an update on the state of the negotiations.

Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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With an unlimited general strike mandate adopted by 95%, the Common Front does not intend to announce immediately when he could trigger this work stoppage. Its negotiators affirm that everything depends on the situation, mobilization and the state of the negotiations.

For the moment, all doors remain open, since negotiations with Quebec continue. The Common Front authorities say they are ready to negotiate between Christmas and New Year's Day if necessary.

Sunday, the president of the Federation of Education Unions (FSE), Josée Scalabrini, said that it was certainly possible to reach an agreement by December 23 with the party employer.

In a video posted Sunday evening on Facebook, Ms. Scalabrini stressed that progress was made at the negotiating tables at the weekend. However, she clarified that the FSE was not on the verge of concluding an agreement in principle with Quebec.

Affiliated with the CSQ, the FSE represents 95,000 teachers and is part of the inter-union Common Front in this round of negotiations.

The other union in the education sector, the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE), continues the indefinite general strike that x27;it started on November 23. The FAE represents 66,500 primary and secondary teachers.

As for the Interprofessional Health Federation of Quebec (FIQ), it led a third strike sequence lasting four days in mid-December.

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Members of the FIQ demonstrate in front of the University of Montreal Hospital Center (SHUM). (Archive photo)

The FIQ, which represents 80,000 health professionals (90% of whom are women), had rejected 99% the new government salary offer at the beginning of the month.

With information from Diana Gonzalez

With information from The Canadian Press

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