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Thousands of Quebec public-sector workers protest lagging contract talks

The vast majority of Quebec schools were closed Wednesday as tens of thousands of public sector workers took to the streets to protest lagging contract talks with the province.

“It’s the largest national public sector strike since 1972,” said Jacques Letourneau, head of the Confederation of National Trade Unions. “There were 210,000 on strike at the same time then and today there are more than 400,000.”

Those on strike included members of a common front of public and para-public sector unions as well as a union representing one-third of the province’s teachers.

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