A historically high number of public service employees were on strike and protesting in Quebec on Wednesday Dec. 9. Unresolved contract negotiations with the government were the flashpoint leading to the day’s unrest.
“It is the biggest [Quebec] national strike since 1972 in the public sector. There were 210,000 on strike at the same time in 1972. Today it’s more than 400,000” said Jacques Létourneau, President of the CSN, the union representing the largest contingent of the Front commun, a grouping of large unions.
The labour strike caused many schools and public services to shut down. Essential services, like hospitals, remained open.