Quebec public sector workers begin week-long rotating strikes

Quebec public sector workers begin week-long rotating strikes

Main pic: Teachers and workers from Vanier College take part in a province wide rotating strike Monday, October 26, 2015 in Montreal to protest against government austerity measures. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz.

MONTREAL — Public sector workers in Quebec have started what they say will be a week’s worth of one-day, rotating strikes across the province to protest lagging contract talks with the provincial government.

Thousands of teachers, health care workers and support staff are off the job today in a number of regions and their colleagues will take turns demonstrating in different parts of the province throughout the week.

Jacques Letourneau, president of the CSN labour union, says members decided to take to the streets to highlight the lack of progress at the bargaining table.

He says essential services are being maintained and the goal of public sector workers is to put pressure on the Quebec government.

The rotating strikes will close schools, health-care establishments and government offices.

A common front of para-public and public sector unions is seeking a 13.5 per cent salary increase for members — 4.5 per cent per year over three years.

That’s nowhere close to the government’s proposal of 3 per cent over five years.

The Canadian Press

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