Public-sector unions call for new collective agreement before Christmas

A group of people standing in a row beside a paved highway. They are standing behind a barrier of orange traffic cones and are holding white and blue picket signs.
Quebec's public-sector unions mark the last day of their seven-day strike mandate. There is the possibility for more strike days if a deal is not reached before Christmas, according to union leaders. Photo by Taylor McClure.
Taylor McClure - CIDI - KnowltonQC | 14-12-2023
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Today marks the last day of the common front’s seven-day public sector strike in Quebec. Union leaders hope to reach an agreement with government officials before Christmas. 

In its most recent attempt to encourage the government to invest in the education and healthcare system, Éric Gingras, president of la Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), said that the common front is putting “maximum pressure” on officials to take action. 

He expressed that the will of public sector workers is to get back to work and to serve the population, but the Quebec government is not on the same page in terms of what they are looking for in their new collective agreement. 

There is the possibility for more strike days if no agreement is reached before Christmas, according Gingras, but what happens next is in the government’s hands. 

Listen to CIDI’s coverage of the public-sector strikes below: