Unions Charge- Charest Destroying Health Care

Posted on Saturday, December 06 at 12:37 by whelan costen
They also posted stickers on the walls of Liberal offices in Trois-Rivieres and Grand-Mere.

The incident in Louiseville was similar to vandalism at two other Liberal offices earlier this week in Montreal and Gatineau. Union members also held a rowdy protest at a Montreal children's hospital this week.

No charges were laid, but the protests are a prelude to major demonstrations next week across Quebec that are expected to shut down a number of provincial services.

Michel Dupont, a regional head of the Quebec Federation of Labour, said the tactics are necessary to send a message to Premier Jean Charest.

"If we do nothing, the government will do nothing to change its policies," Dupont told RDI, Radio-Canada's all-news channel. "It's one of the few tactics at our disposal."

Upset health-sector unions held a news conference Friday to denounce a series of moves by Charest's government.

The Liberals have introduced legislation to merge some health-care operations and bargaining units, a move unions say will wreak havoc on seniority lists and force workers to abandon small, specialized unions.

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