Quebec Public Sector Workers Call National Strike

Public service workers in Common Front lead demonstration in Montreal, October 3, 2015.

The 400,000 member Common Front of public sector unions in Quebec announced on October 9 that they will launch national strikes beginning Monday, October 26. The workers will hold six days of rotating strikes against the brutal austerity agenda of the Couillard Liberal government, including three consecutive days December 1 to 3.

Fifty-four thousand teachers and health care workers will begin the strikes on October 26 in Saguenay-Lac St-Jean, the Outaouais, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Northern Quebec and in the Laurentians.

The actions will take place throughout October, November and December unless the Liberal government in Quebec backs off its demands for cuts to public services and attacks on the workers’ conditions and livelihoods.

More than 150,000 people converged in Montreal to demonstrate against the austerity agenda on October 3, led by public service workers and their organizations in the Common Front. The workers are fighting to maintain the public services they provide, oppose cuts and privatization that threaten the health and well-being of the public and defend their own rights as workers and the rights of all.

For a list of strike dates and closures, click here.

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