"On the first strike day on May 11, we launched an unprecedented movement, giving employers a serious warning,” said Richard Belhumeur, president of the SQEES-FTQ union.
“Unfortunately, only a few of them made any significant effort to move the negotiations along,” he continued.
Belhumeur added that the two-day strike should be considered a second-chance, before an unlimited general strike is called.
“If we do not reach satisfactory agreements that raise workers' wages to a minimum of $15 an hour, we will not hesitate to apply every one of our strike mandates," he warned.
“We don't think that $15 an hour is an outlandish demand,” he added. “Workers deserve to be treated decently.”
The SQEES-FTQ represents 25 000 members throughout Quebec, most of them in the health and social services sector. It is the largest union in private seniors' residences.
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A widespread strike of approximately 3,000 workers is set to continue today after employers and unions reached an impasse in the negotiation of salary arrangements.