Teachers and public sector workers in Quebec begin a 3-day strike. Here’s what’s happening

A three-day strike is underway across Quebec where hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are unemployed and most schools are closed Tuesday.

The Common Front, which includes members from four major public sector unions representing a “common front” of some 420,000 workers, will be on the picket line until Thursday.

The group includes the majority of primary and secondary teachers as well as school support staff. This also includes healthcare workers like orderlies and technicians.

The week of various strikes across the province comes while an agreement is still not on the table. The Quebec government’s latest offer included a 10.3 percent wage increase over five years and a one-time payment of $1,000 to each worker.

The president of the Quebec Treasury Board, Sonia LeBel, declared that the offer was serious, while the unions categorically rejected the proposal. On Monday, it was announced that a conciliator would be appointed to move the negotiations forward.

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The three-day strike that began Tuesday is the first in a series of strikes this week.

The Quebec Interprofessional Health Federation, which represents 80,000 nurses, practical nurses, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists, negotiates separately. The walkout is planned for Thursday and Friday.

It doesn’t stop there. If an agreement is not reached soon, some schools will be closed indefinitely.

The Autonomous Education Federation, which also negotiates separately, represents nearly 65,000 primary and secondary teachers. He will launch his own indefinite general strike on Thursday.

with files from The Canadian Press

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