Quebec public service unions have been in contract negotiations with the government for nearly a year. Last month the Quebec Liberal government, which had proudly not given an inch so far in negotiations, budged in November.
Salaries have been the main point of contention. The government has been offering an increase of three per cent over five years with a freeze for the first two years. Unions were looking for an increase of 13.5 per cent over three years, or 4.5 per cent per year.