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The Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) submitted a counter-offer on Saturday morning while the indefinite general strike has lasted for more than a week.

This is the first counter-offer from the union side since the start of negotiations with Quebec.

The FAE has rejected the latest proposal from the Legault government, an offer considered interesting, but insufficient.

Discussions about the composition of classes have notably progressed, but disagreements persist, for example about teleworking during educational days.

According to Sophie Veilleux, the president of the Haute-Yamaska ​​Education Union, affiliated with the FAE, negotiations must take place at the end of the week.

Everyone is eager to get back to work. The strike was not an objective: it was a means that we would have preferred not to have to use.

A quote from Sophie Veilleux, president of the Union de l&#x27 ;teaching of Haute-Yamaska

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I receive messages from members who are very positive that there are negotiations in weekend, she says.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In an interview on the show Facts First, the president of the union, Mélanie Hubert, clarified that the government's requests had been taken into account. We made room in our counter-offer for government objectives, she underlined.

However, she did not want to say when an agreement will be reached and will allow the return to class.

Are we close to an agreement? It will depend on the degree of openness we have mutually, but for us, it is clear that the desire remains to resolve.

A quote from Mélanie Hubert, president of the Autonomous Federation of Education< /blockquote>

However, the submission of this counter-offer does not ensure that students will return to class on Monday. Mélanie Hubert believes that it would be very optimistic to consider this since disagreements remain, particularly regarding teleworking.

Even if an agreement was reached at the end week at the negotiating table, there would be a certain delay before the strike was called off. According to President Mélanie Hubert, the Federation's procedure provides for the organization of a meeting of the federal negotiating council in order to analyze the offer. This council includes representatives from each of the unions affiliated to the FAE. Once their decision is rendered, there could then be a general meeting to submit the agreement to a vote by the members.

Friday, the FAE declared at a press briefing that despite the submission of this counter-offer, the indefinite general strike started by its 66,000 members last week continues.

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