The first strike votes held within the public sector common front unions show unequivocal support for the strike.
Almost all of the votes recorded during this first week of assemblies, and of those that The Canadian Press was able to review, exceed 90% support for the strike. However, not all of them are public yet.
The mandate requested by the common front unions –CSQ, CSN, APTS and FTQ– is that of an unlimited general strike, which would be preceded by strike days, isolated or grouped.
The votes held so far refer to both the health and social services sector and that of education and university teaching.
In the APTS, for example, the vote of members of the Integrated Center for Social and Health Services (CISSS) of Lanaudière reached 97% in favor of the strike. At Schriners Hospital, members of the Alliance of Professional and Technical Personnel of Health and Social Services (APTS) voted 100% in favor of the strike. At the CISSS in Laval: 96.2% in favor of the strike.
At the CSQ, we report 93% support for the strike from the Laval School Support Employees Union, 96% from the Sorel-Tracy Cégep Teachers’ Union and 97.2% from the Education Union of Asbestos.
The FTQ indicates that so far around twenty assemblies have been held in the different affiliated unions and that the votes “are all above 95%.” They are mainly educational sector assemblies that have been held at the FTQ to date; Health unions will have more say next week.
Within the unions affiliated to the CSN federations, we observed 99% support for the strike mandate in the health sector in the Magdalena Islands, 98% among the teachers of the Collège Saint-Laurent and 97%, 5 % at the Estuaire School Service Center.
Therefore, the general assemblies of union members must be held until mid-October. Together, the four members of the common front represent 420,000 public service workers.
Quebec offers all state employees a 9% raise over five years, plus a lump sum of $1,000 the first year. It adds a sum equivalent to 2.5% dedicated to “government priorities”, which means it presents its offer with a value of 13% over five years.
The common front requires a three-year labor contract: $100 per week or the Consumer Price Index plus 2% for the first year, the CPI plus 3% in the second year, and the CPI plus 4% in the third year.
Collective agreements in the public and para public sectors expired on March 31. The common front demands were presented last fall; Quebec’s offer in December.
The Common Front organizes a large demonstration on Saturday in Montreal with the aim of supporting its demands and supporting public services, weakened by staff shortages.