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The Common Front is in its third strike sequence. (Photo: November 6, 2023)

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    The 25,000 members of the Common Front in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec region continue the strike for four more days, while the Fédération interprofessionnelle du Québec (FIQ) begins a strike from December 11 to 14. It is therefore Friday that public schools, with the exception of Cégep de Trois-Rivières, will reopen their doors and health care will return to its usual rhythm.

    Two education unions in Mauricie will hold rallies on Monday morning in front of the head offices of their school service center.

    The Mauricie Education Union, which represents a little more than 1,000 teachers, plans to make itself heard on Monday in front of the headquarters of the Énergie School Services Center, in Shawinigan, while the Education Union des Vieilles-Forges, which also brings together around 1,000 teachers from the Chemin-du-Roy School Service Center, will hold a gathering in Trois-Rivières at the same time. It will be preceded by a march which will begin at the industrial building.

    The two unions want to signal loud and clear to the government that, to settle, they must have more balanced classes. They also indicate, through a press release, that teachers want to improve their working conditions, which are inseparable from the learning conditions of students.

    In addition, the president of the Federation of Education Professionals of Quebec will hold a press briefing Monday at Champlain Park, in Trois-Rivières.

    The Common Front in the region affirms that the day will also be marked by a march of union members between the Cégep de Trois-Rivières and the Affiliated University Hospital Center of Trois-Rivières (CHAUR) and by a visit to the offices of CAQ MPs Sonia LeBel in Saint-Tite and Marie-Louis Tardif in Shawinigan.

    The Riveraine School Support Union plans to demonstrate in front of the office of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in Bécancour, in the Saint-Grégoire sector.

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    In Victoriaville, a folklore day will take place Monday morning at the Agri-Sports pavilion and events on boulevards des Bois-Francs, Jutras and rue Notre-Dame.

    More than 5,600 nurses, practical nurses and respiratory therapists affiliated with the Union of Healthcare Professionals of Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec are on strike from December 11 to 14, 2023, as part of pressure tactics by the Quebec Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ).

    The Quebec Government Professional Union (SPGQ), which represents members in ten CEGEPs in the province, will hold a strike from December 13 to 15. In the region, only the Cégep de Trois-Rivières is one of them.

    Consequently, classes are suspended until Friday in the establishment.

    The exam session will be held from December 18 to 22, 2023, with a possible extension in the evening. Saturday, December 23 may be required for exceptional situations, indicates the Cégep on its website. The uniform French test has been postponed until December 20.

    Last week, the Minister of Higher Education of Quebec, Pascale Déry, had indicated that the session would not be shortened, despite the school days missed due to strikes.

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