SFPQ union’s 26,000 government workers to strike Tuesday and Wednesday

These are the second and third of 10 strike days the union members have authorized.

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Several ministries and government organizations will be disrupted Tuesday and Wednesday by a strike of 26,000 civil servants with the Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec.

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The strikers are mainly office workers and technicians working for agencies like the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec.

These are the second and third of a 10-day strike mandate the members gave their union executive to use at their discretion. The first strike day was held March 30.

Essential services will be maintained, including public safety, courthouses and those processing social assistance checks.

The SFPQ’s collective agreement expired March 31, 2020, along with other public sector unions, most of whom have renewed their contracts for 2020-23.

Union members plan to protest at the National Assembly in Quebec City, Faubourgs Park in Montreal and both cities’ courthouses.

Salaries are the main issue in negotiations. The union believes they are no longer competitive, and the offers of 2 per cent increases per year for three years are insufficient to make up for that.

The provincial government has declined to comment on pressure tactics, saying it does not want to negotiate in public.

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