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Union head doubts deal can be made

Last-ditch talks to prevent a corrections strike that could derail Ontario’s justice system are set for Friday, but the head of the public service union isn’t optimistic of a deal.

“I don’t anticipate anything different” from provincial negotiators, Smokey Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), said Tuesday.

“The province is getting too well prepared for a strike.”

The public shouldn’t read too much into the renewal of talks, because legislation requires one more round before the strike-lockout deadline, Thomas said.

Both sides in the dispute toughened their defences Tuesday.

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