Common Front demonstration 3 Oct

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lagatta
Common Front demonstration 3 Oct

Well, I attended the very large public sector common front demonstration that started at the (very scenic) corner of avenues du Parc et des Pins, at noon today (though as always, it got moving a bit late). Should post something in English but the CBC MTL article has the predictable volley of anti-union gripes.

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lagatta

I don' t know how this got into the wrong forum. It is in the labour and consumption one, or the Québec one.

Unionist

Yup, it was something to behold! Even the MSM estimated the crowd at 100,000. Only in Montréal!

[url=http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/tens-of-thousands-of-public-s... of thousands of public-sector workers demonstrate against austerity, wage freezes[/url]

lagatta

Yes, it was great and wonderful photo ops in the space between Mont-Royal and the soon-to-be-closed Hôtel-Dieu. I'm sure the Liberals are already salivating about the condo deals to make with that, the Royal Vic and the former School for the Deaf (as one said back then; I think it was even "deaf-mutes" (cringe). All large heritage buildings.

Here is a short video from Huffington Post, also Amir Khadir and Manon Massé speaking:

http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/03/manif-samedi-du-front-commun-syndical-la-ftq-la-csn-et-la-csq-presentes_n_8237768.html

Can some moderator move this thread either to labour and consumption or Québec?

Unionist

lagatta wrote:

Can some moderator move this thread either to labour and consumption or Québec?

Lagatta, I sent them both a private message. They'll notice it and get it done when they have time. It's pointless to ask them questions in the thread. No human being could or would want to read every post in every thread.

 

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Moved! Thanks for posting lagatta.

Unionist

The FTQ and other organizers estimated participation at 150,000. Starting to feel like 2012 again!

lagatta

Now if it could only feel like 1972 and I was a young lass again...

At a 2012 meeting I reminded them that it was exactly 40 years after the first Common Front in 1972. Fortunately Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was a history student and knew what I was talking about. (I was younger in 1972 than he was in 2012).

It was inspiring though, and a beautiful day, if a bit chilly in the morning.  

 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..still getting the numbers out. amazing! go quebec go! and thank you.

Unionist

epaulo13 wrote:

..still getting the numbers out. amazing! go quebec go! and thank you.

Our pleasure! And thanks for your unwavering struggle on the same front(s).

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Mega manif in Montreal: The giant protest you never heard about

quote:

Currently in collective bargaining negotiations with Philippe Couillard’s Liberal government, and litigating on the issues of salary tenders and pension plans, the Common Front’s call is unequivocal: negotiate, or we’ll go on strike in the next weeks. Carole Dubé, spokesperson for SISP, confirmed that “huge participation in this march reflects what we see in our meetings: a high turnout for strike votes.” She hopes that the minister will hear this call to action from the streets and that it will be taken into account at the negotiating table.

Onstage at the endpoint of the march, however, the spokesperson and president of the FTQ was more militant. “We’re seriously negotiating, or we’re striking. Our mandate is not small, with assemblies that voted at 80 per cent, 90 per cent, and 95 per cent in favour of a strike,” chanted Daniel Boyer.

He called on all members of the Common Front across the province to increase pressure this week by organizing activities that disrupt the economy. “We don’t want to go on strike, Mr. Coiteux [Eds. Martin Coiteux is Minister responsible for Government Administration and chair of the Treasury Board.] We want to negotiate. We don’t want to mess around, but actions speak louder than words and if action doesn’t happen, then our mobilization will match the heights of your arrogance.”

Unionist

Thanks for this, epaulo - I hadn't noticed the report.

Unionist

And December 9 was huge:

[url=http://rabble.ca/news/2015/12/over-400000-went-on-strike-dec-9-historic-... 400,000 went on strike Dec. 9 in historic labour action in Quebec[/url]

Quote:

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. 

Actions were held all over the province, from Nunavik in the north to the Gaspésie in the east and Gatineau in the west to Quebec and Montreal in the relative south.

Three large demonstrations took to the streets in Montreal. The two organized by unions during the day met up to form one large group of many thousand cheering through the streets en route to hearing speeches.

lagatta

Yes, it was lovely to see.